MOTION creates mechanized orthosis for children with neurological disorders.
A cross-border collaboration; industry, healthcare professionals, users and policymakers.
According to Beckhung (2008) 54% of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) can walk without aids. 16% of patients will need assistive devices to walk, and 30% are not able to walk at five years of age. That means that 46% of CP patients can benefit from innovative technology like the exoskeleton and approximately 40000 children (6500 in EU) below the age of 10. Usual possibilities for adults are the hospital or home use. Patients can be brought to a hospital, equipped with exoskeleton rehabilitation devices and staffed with trained medical professionals. In the second option, patients may purchase an exoskeleton device for home use. The patient and primary caregivers must be trained in proper equipment operations. Today, for children, mechatronic approaches to stimulate walking are still subject to a lack of international standards, protocols and specific exoskeleton. The common challenge is to contribute to improving the delivery of technological innovation, in the sectors of health.
MOTION will advance the development, validation and adoption of bionic rehabilitation technology for children with neurological disorders to improve quality of life. Kinetic Analysis has a key roll in developing smart textile as a functional, comfortable, attractive garment that integrates the monitoring sensors suitable for children. This 'smart garment' will communicate with an autonomous and secure lower body exoskeleton for children.
Exoskeletons are very complicated machines. This complexity exists because they have to interact closely with patients. Therefore a sophisticated mechanical design and complex control algorithms are needed. That also implies that you need experts with various backgrounds ranging from mechanical design and engineers specialised in control algorithms to physiotherapists and movement scientists to build and test a powerful exoskeleton.
Please read more about this project on: www.motion-interreg.eu