Doesn't this exoskeleton (photo, below) look cool? Wouldn't Sigourney Weaver look right at home wearing the assembly? Actually, the exoskeleton was "Developed by the Spanish National Research Council and its spinoff Marsi Bionics," according to Top Tech #252: Exoskeleton For Kids, Measuring Blood Oxygenation, Switching Glass.
The posting goes on to say:
A new exoskeleton that specifically helps children with spinal muscular atrophy walk is the first of its kind.
Developed by the Spanish National Research Council and its spinoff Marsi Bionics, the exoskeleton’s brace and support rods fit around the child’s torso and legs. In each leg, it has five motors that mimic muscles, sensors, and a controller that responds to the child’s subtle movements. It weighs 12 kilos, and is made of aluminum and titanium.
It’s designed for children 3–14 diagnosed with Type 2 spinal muscular atrophy, who can’t walk or stand on their own, the Council says. The degenerative illness affects one in ten thousand babies in Spain.