He world's first exoskeleton for children with neuromuscular diseases and that is being tested in children with spinal muscular atrophy has been presented by the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), as you can see in the video that heads this entry.
This exoskeleton is attached to the child's legs and trunk to help him get up and walk. The sensors it incorporates, together with the on-board computer, allow you to adapt to the characteristics of each patient. The technology, which has already been patented and jointly licensed by CSIC and its technology-based company Marsi Bionics, is in a preclinical phase.
As the CSIC researcher explains Elena Garcia, from the Center for Automation and Robotics, mixed center of the CSIC and the Polytechnic University of Madrid:
The main difficulty in developing this type of pediatric exoskeletons is that the symptoms of neuromuscular diseases, such as spinal muscular atrophy, vary over time both in the joints and in the body as a whole. That is why an exoskeleton capable of adapting to these variations autonomously is necessary. Our model includes intelligent joints that modify the stiffness automatically and adapt to the symptoms of each child at all times.