Childrens suffering from multiple disabilities, cerebral palsy and neurological injuries or disorders lack the ability to walk, and so a project was proposed to design a motorized exoskeleton to educate these individuals to walk, those less affected by musculoskeletal impairment. This undertaking is an integrated part of the rehabilitation process (sessions of 20 to 30 minutes). The equipment is destined to be shared amongst several institutions and be dispatched in the different countries from interreg from 2 Seas.
A review of exoskeleton state of the art emphasizes a blatant lack of such apparatus to meet the specific needs of childrens with multiple disabilities. Preliminary work has lead us to define a set of specifications and also, to identify a number of technological obstacles for resolution. Developping a support for Walking will be helpful for this major life activity for these child. The ultimate goal: for them to walk, thanks to the generation of human steps by the exoskeleton which each child would wear. These walking steps, derived from real human movement, have already been programmed into humanoid robots (Aldebaran Robotics NAO) and is currently in progress on a new specific exoskeleton structure existing at HEI. We are searching for clinical partners which are specialized in walking schemes and EMG , engineering laboratories dealing with balance and walking and or with eyes tracking and/or face emotion recognition