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New hope for children with motor impairments
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.
Project website: http://www.motion-interreg.eu/
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.