Many people who suffer from mobility problems have seen how thanks to the development of technology they have been able to manufacture devices that help them walk with fewer difficulties. For example, there are electric wheelchairs that are controlled by a small control. However, there are also exoskeletons , metallic structures that are a kind of “garment” that is placed on the body of the affected person. In this way, it is easier to control the human body, as the system offers great assistance.
A French engineer decided to create together with another colleague a company dedicated to the construction of these robotic structures that help people move again. In addition, this engineer had the incentive that his son could not walk , so he decided to create one for him.
Exoskeleton with voice recognition
The disease that this adolescent suffers from is a genetic neurological condition that prevents nerve signals from reaching the legs, making it impossible for him to walk.
But it is not a simple metallic structure, since these exoskeleton models have a system that allows their control by voice.
So far, the prototypes that have been made are too heavy and difficult for users to control, but even so the company has sold quite a few units to many countries for a price of around 150,000 euros each more or less. These have been sold to hospitals , to aid in the rehabilitation of many people.
To make them closer to people, they have to be much lighter. This is something that is already being worked on.
How does this exoskeleton work?
Its operation consists of the following way: the exoskeleton must be fastened to the body while the user is seated. Thanks to its voice control system, it will order the robot to get up. This will then begin to help the person walk upright to maintain balance and not fall.
The key to this system is voice control as this way the user can ensure at all times that the exoskeleton does what the user wants . Instead of sending signals from the brain to the legs, they are sent from a remote control to the legs of the exoskeleton.
Even the engineer has dared to make a prediction , ensuring that within approximately ten years, people with reduced mobility or who cannot walk will stop using wheelchairs and start using these robotic structures.
These systems are an aid for people who have always needed help to move and now allow them to be more independent.