Loading
Welcome to Babble,
Settings
Sign Out

Get the Babble Newsletter!

Already have an account? .

MENU

Toddler's Super Cute 'Exoskeleton' Helps Her Move

Custom "magic arms" help Emma use her arms to play and feed herself.

Emma is a two-year-old with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a rare disorder that makes moving her arms extremely difficult. But with the aid of Dr. Tariq Rahman, Whitney Sample, and her custom-fit, 3D-printed Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton, Emma now has the strength to lift her arms and play like any toddler.

The device, nicknamed the WREX, was developed at the Pediatric Engineering Research Lab at the Center for Orthopedic Research and Development at the Nemours Foundation in Wilmington, Delaware. The WREX is comprised of extremely lightweight, but durable parts, and is even 3D printed with little butterflies because obviously the people at Nemours are epicly awesome.

“WREX is primarily intended for people with muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and arthrogryposis,” says Nemours’ website.

With her new “magic arms,” Emma can now play with blocks, draw, and feed herself.

Check out this amazing piece of custom technology:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoZ2BgPVtA0[/youtube]

(Photo Credit: YouTube)

Read more from Joslyn at Babble Pets and at her blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Recent posts:
MIND IS BLOWN: We’ve Been Doing Ketchup All Wrong This Whole Time
Woo-Hoo! Wicked Expensive Asthma Medication Goes Generic!
Study: Pets Can Help Autistic Kids Develop Social Behavior (Maybe)
Cat Pushing Trolley Looks Just Like Me Without My ADHD Medicine

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterest
Tagged as:

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Learn More.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterest