Spanish science opens borders: Italy launches first portable exoskeleton for kids

Spanish science opens borders: Italy launches first portable exoskeleton for kids

A new step for Spanish science. San Raffaele Hospital in Rome has launched the first portable children’s exoskeleton to leave Spain. “His name is Atlas and he’s my new superhero with Iron Man,” Daniele, 5, who has perinatal spinal cord ischemia and was able to test its functioning, christened the technology.

The exoskeleton, which can be used over clothing in children, has “eight motors, two in the hip, one in the knee, and one in the ankle, to ensure freedom of movement in all directions,” the medical center said in a statement. It is associated with a support system that allows walking “allowing to interact freely and safely with

The company responsible for the development Mars Bionics He explained that it is “the only exoskeleton in the world that allows a child to move freely and whose uniqueness lies in elastic technology that adapts to the wearer’s body”.

They Corporate Affairs and Communications Director, Víctor Chacónadded HuffPost “It’s a very special day as it is the first pediatric exoskeleton in Europe outside of Spain.” “We must not forget that this device, a Spanish success, has been on the market for a year and now we are starting the process of internationalization.” The person in charge explains that the technology is already in Mexico and they plan to move it to new countries.

“We must not forget that this device, which is a Spanish success, has been on the market for a year and now we are starting the internationalization process”

– Víctor Chacón, Marsi Bionics Corporate Affairs and Communications Director

The research is based on 20 children who, at this initial stage, will form a solid foundation within the framework of the rehabilitation approach proposed by the Italian hospital. “From here, we hope to continue to grow to export and facilitate access to this technology, which has a very positive impact on the quality of life of children and their families,” adds Chacón.

The exoskeleton can help patients suffering from diseases such as childhood cerebral palsy, myelologies – spinal cord lesions down to the C4 vertebra – muscle atrophy, muscular dystrophy, myopathies or other neuromuscular diseases.

“Neurorehabilitation is a tool that allows brain functions to be reprogrammed through the mechanism of synaptic plasticity,” said Marco Franceschini, director of the Clinical Research Laboratory in IRCCS Neuromotor Rehabilitation at the Rome hospital.

“Many of the children who already use it in our department have never walked independently,” said Claudia Condoluci, head of the hospital’s Department of Pediatrics and Developmental Disabilities. “With Atlas, they can now do that and also do other activities like hitting the ball and drawing pictures, things they never thought were possible,” Condoluci said.


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