Four-year-old Luz dÔÇÖLuna Caro Quinteros-Pitts had only known life in a wheelchair until last summer, when her mom brought home a robotic gait-training device called Trexo.
ÔÇťI never ever thought in a million years that robots would be part of my life,ÔÇŁ said Caro Quinteros-Pitts. ÔÇťIt was like in a month we just saw that from crying and screaming and being uncomfortable in her body to now just being very content and just comfortable.ÔÇŁ
Another robotic mobility solution is being designed by a group at Caltech, led by Aaron Ames. Exoskeletons are essentially walking robots which people can be strapped into.┬áAlthough they can currently cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, Ames says theyÔÇÖre at a tipping point that could allow production volumes that would bring costs down.
ÔÇťWe have the math. We have the science. We have the technology to get exoskeletons and other assisted devices into peopleÔÇÖs homes in the near term,ÔÇŁ Ames said.
Watch the video to find out why wheelchairs are still the primary solution for people with mobility challenges, and see the robots that could finally disrupt the space.
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