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New walker facilitates mobility of children with cerebral palsy

Device uses different methods of production and costs up to 80% less than other similar systems available on the market

 
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Device was made especially for children with cerebral palsy
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Device was made especially for children with cerebral palsy

Researchers at the University of Alcalá, Spain, have developed a new device that facilitates the mobility of children with cerebral palsy.

According to the researchers, the main competitive advantage of the device designed by the team of investigators Saturnino Maldonado is a project that, using different production methods, reduce your cost up to 80% compared to similar systems on the market today.

The idea of ​​creating a walker called Walker + emerged after researchers come in contact with various special schools, which made changes according to the needs of some of their students in terms of mobility and autonomy.

These children affected by cerebral palsy were the first to test the new system, whereby reached autonomous position with small movements.

The walker incorporates in its design options that facilitate maneuverability and a small electronic system that allows different settings.

+ Walker is constituted by a kind of safety belt as used for climbing where the infant is placed in a chassis and where the belt is placed. The device is designed to fit the child's growth.

The team presented the latest prototype of the walker at the Third Conference of Cátedra para la Mejora de la Autonomía Personal de Telefónica en la Universidad de Alcalá (CAPTA).

Source: Isaude.net
   Palavras-chave:   Cerebral palsy    Cerebral palsy    Walker    Walker +    University of Alcalá    Saturnino Maldonado   
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