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New hope for children with motor impairments

New hope for children with motor impairments


​The EU M.O.T.I.O.N project is investigating solutions to improve the quality of life of children with neuromotor disorders. A bionic rehabilitation technology will be developed, tested, and implemented under this EU-funded initiative.

Published on 13 January 2020

​CEA-Leti, a CEA Tech institute, is one of thirteen members of the EU M.O.T.I.O.N project consortium, which is developing an innovative rehabilitation aid for children with neuromotor disorders. The goal is to come up with an exoskeleton designed specifically for children's morphologies that can be used both in hospital rehab settings and at home and school, where it can help children walk, for example.

Engineering school HEI in Lille, France is leading the development of the actual exoskeleton. Leti is developing a wearable stress monitoring system that will be used to ensure that the child remains comfortable while using the exoskeleton. The system will include carefully-selected biological data (heart rate, electrodermal activity, etc.) sensors integrated into a garment, bracelet, or chest band, for example.

The first step is to determine whether or not the sensors and systems chosen are relevant and robust enough. A measurement campaign will be completed on healthy children to "teach" the system a stress model that will later be applied to children with cerebral palsy wearing the exoskeleton.


Funding:

  • Project budget : 7 476 119 €
  • FEDER: 4 431 376 € (59%)



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