Excessive bending of the knees is a common condition for people affected with cerebral palsy. Children with the disease have 50% chances of walking as an adult.
While clinics have bulky devices to assist walking, these machines cannot be used at home.
A new device has been designed to help these kids. Robotic exoskeletons developed by the National Institutes of Health are fully mobile. It has sensors to monitor each step, has come bundled with actuators that fire at correct moments.
The device providing muscular boost, and improves posture and eases strain.
The researchers have tested it on seven patients so far. None of them fell while using it. Improvements were observed in the way they walked.The team suggests working on the machine for an hour every day.