26 Jul '16, 6pm

Robotic Onesie Assists Babies at Risk for Cerebral Palsy

Robotic Onesie Assists Babies at Risk for Cerebral Palsy

It’s not everyday that you see a six-month-old zipping across the floor on a motorized skateboard. Unless you are at the University of Oklahoma, that is. There, a team of biomedical engineers and physical therapists have developed a motorized device to help infants at risk for cerebral palsy develop motor and cognitive skills. After a promising pilot study, the group began a larger trial of 56 infants this year. They use a robot equipped with power steering, a sophisticated machine-learning algorithm, and an endearing little cap studded with dozens of electrodes that track brain activity. Cerebral palsy encompasses a number of early neurological disorders that affect movement and muscle coordination. The disorder can be caused by one of numerous insults early in life, including brain damage during birth, infection, and trauma. The condition is usually not diagnosed until t...

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