For most people, walking and grasping objects is a simple process that doesn’t require a lot of thought. For people who sustain spinal cord injuries, however, those actions are not so simple. An unfortunate accident can change the life of someone forever, rendering them immobile. Fortunately, two large companies are joining forces to develop a system for children with spinal cord injuries that will allow them the ability to complete tasks necessary for daily living.
According to Georgia Tech News Center, they are teaming up with Shriners Hospitals to address spinal cord injuries and the movement limitations that result from them. Several projects are already in the development stages including a robotic exoskeleton, complete with customization options and voice recognition. The system will take voice commands and convert them into actions, essentially putting children back in control of their own movement.
The combined efforts of the two institutions bring together clinical, surgical and scientific elements with technological advancements in the fields of robotics and biomedical engineering. While using artificial intelligence for personalized medical development is nothing new, this partnership expects to make great strides in the fields of medicine and science. This includes the development of machines and devices that allow limb movement and function that is either impaired or lost.
For people who have sustained a spinal cord injury, it may be helpful to speak with an experienced attorney. This can provide valuable insight into the laws regarding liability and compensation. Often, an expert may be able to shed light on previously unknown areas, such as available programs that can help.