This Exoskeleton Could Get Kids Out Of Wheelchairs

This exoskeleton gets kids out of wheelchairs. “Trexo” is a converted walker that uses robotic legs and motors on the hip, joints and at the knee to provide powered assistance. This can help children with walking impairments gain independence. As described on its website, “Trexo Plus helps physical therapists deliver therapy specifically for children. It is the only product of its kind in North America for children affected with conditions which lead to walking impairments such as cerebral palsy, brain and spinal cord injury, various genetic conditions, and others.” Trexo was created when one of its founders, Manmeet Maggu learned his nephew was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The child faced the possibility of never walking again so Maggu started researching the negative health effects of being in a wheelchair. He eventually came up with the idea of an exosekeleton. Trexo is height adjustable and only weighs about 30 pounds. It’s scheduled to be used in a pilot study at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2018. Worldwide over five million kids are unable to walk, so if implemented widely, Trexo could empower a lot of families. Trexo’s creators say they are also working with other companies to possibly create an adult version down the line.

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