<MANMEET MAGGU & RAHUL UDASI of Tréxō Robotics – photo by Chris Sorensen>
A prototype exoskeleton created by Tréxō Robotics, a UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO startup, consists of robotic legs that can be attached to any walker. It gives kids with Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injuries, and other immobilizing conditions a chance to escape the bounds of a wheel chair and move about on their own. The device suits some better than others.
“Our robotic legs attach onto the walker, ensuring support along with powered walking, so that a child can walk (outdoors for) longer periods.” CEO Manmeet Maggu told the Daily Mail. The robo legs assist the knees and hip joints by using battery power to help propel the child forward.
The invention was inspired by Maggu’s nephew, Praneit, in INDIA, who was told he’d never walk again because of Cerebral Palsy. In the six tests so far, Praneit was among the successful ones.