An Age Of Miracles
Those of us alive today have seen medical advancements in our daily lives that at one time not long ago would have been considered magic or even one of God’s miracles. The age of AI will be nothing short of miraculous in many fields of medicine. From prostheses that allow for mind-controlled movement of limbs, to actually feeling the sensation of touch through sensors. Using robotics to help disabled people get around is long overdue, and about to happen much more quickly with AI improvements to robotics. A start-up company from Canada is just one example of the coming technology. A few years ago, Manmeet Maggu and Trexo Robotics co-founder Rahul Udasi were still undergraduates at the University of Waterloo. That’s when they found out Maggu’s nephew had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy–and that he might never be able to walk as a result.
That put both men on a mission.
Trexo’s device is essentially a converted walker. Two robotic legs attached to any walker are what allow the child to walk independently, using equipment they’re already familiar with.
“Essentially, the way our device works is we take an existing walker–we decided to build around the walker. So we built robotic legs that attach onto the walker, and it provides powered assistance. So it’s basically powered motors on the hip joint as well as the knee joint that kind of provide the assistance in allowing a child to walk.”
You will see more exsoskeltons being put on the market this year and they will address a variety of medical issues that one day may even be erased by robotic surgery or human surgery by doctors who were trained by robots.