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Father creates exoskeleton to help son with genetic neurological condition walk

Shared by Diogo Nunes on 2021-08-04 22:17

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Oscar Constanza, 16, was born with a genetic neurological condition that prevents him from walking. Oscar, driven by the desire to one day be able to walk, asked his father, Jean-Louis Constanza, a robotic engineer, to help him.

The exoskeleton is an outer frame that supports and simulates body movement. This device attaches to the shoulders, chest, waist, knees and feet and is activated with the command "Robot, stand up".

Oscar stated in an interview that the device made him independent. “Before, I needed someone to help me walk, it makes me feel finally independent,” he said.

The equipment is made by the company co-founded by Jean-Louis, Wandercraft, and allows users to be mobile for a few hours. Other companies around the world are also making these exoskeletons, competing to make them as light as possible.

Although it is used in several hospitals across the country and sells for $176,000, it has not yet been made available on the commercial market due to its high weight.

"I think this equipment already has great benefits for the body, but it also has emotional and social benefits. I think this will please a lot of people, that's for sure," said one of the exoskeleton users.

Story adapted from: https://indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-globally/france-fath...

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Jean-Louis Constanza, engineer and clinical director of the Wandercraft company in France, helped his 16-year-old son Oscar Constanza walk again by creating a robot exoskeleton.

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