(3 News) — Children in New Zealand with cerebral palsy could be the first in the world to benefit from robotics research taking place at University of Auckland. One in 500 babies in the nation is born with the incurable condition, which affects movement and posture. However, now a very early stage robot exoskeleton has been developed that could help the children with the disease.
Dr. Andrew McDaid is leading the team of engineers and medical experts creating these robotics devices, which aid with movement and build muscle. The team will soon launch a pilot study of the device involving five young cerebral palsy sufferers. “Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of childhood disabilities, so I was really interested in seeing if we could apply some of our robotics technologies to really helping these children have more function in everyday life,” he said.Tags: Dr. Andrew McDaid, exoskeleton, robotics, University of Auckland