A robotic exoskeleton for children with physical disabilities was developed by two Indo-Canadian engineers Manmeet Maggu and Rahul Udasi, making it the first commercial exoskeleton for children.

Manmeet Maggu and Rahul Udasi, co-founders of Trexo robotics developed first ever commercial exoskeleton for kids with disabilities. Manmeet was inspired to build this after watching his eight-year-old nephew Praneit, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy. In media reports, Manmeet said, “I found out my nephew has cerebral palsy and he might never be able to walk. That really pushed us to consider our purpose as mechatronics engineers. And it became the motivation for us to build something for my nephew.”

Manmeet and Rahul, lived together as roommates in Toronto as Maneet studied his MBA at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management while Udasi finished a Master’s in Robotics. They later started up their own form called Trexo robotics in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto and decided to build the exoskeleton around a walker that the child used in India after spending last summer at Upinder’s house who is Manmeet’s brother, living in Delhi.

Manmeet Maggu's nephew Praneit takes Trexo Robotics's exoskeleton for a test drive in New Delhi, India. (Courtesy: Trexo Robotics).

Parneit wearing exoskeleton/Trexo robotics

The exoskeleton and the metal and plastic-based casings for the legs are powered by batteries and help ease the process of walking for a child and they decided to test the exoskeleton on Parneit. Moments later, Praneit’s robotically assisted legs began tracing delicate steps across the floor as a grin crept across his face. And with this success, now they are working on the next version of the prototype. They dream of building a robotic exoskeleton suitable for kids which will help the disabled children take the first steps of their lives.