Fatima Osama Ahmed, a student at the institute, and one of the team that designed the project, said in statements to “Sky News Arabia”, that this model is a graduation project, and it is a robotic suit made to help people with paraplegia or muscular dystrophy. Naturally, with crutches (a stick on which a person rests in movement) to maintain his balance, she added, “The model we produced is a prototype for children.”
Fatima added that “the idea of the project came with the aim of producing something useful in life and not just a traditional design to ensure degrees of success, as we thought and searched for a problem that modern technology can contribute to solving, and after brainstorming and making statistics and research, we discovered that one third of the number of paraplegic children are In Africa, there are no companies or institutions that produce this type of suit in the region. Thus, this invention can help people and benefit a large number of them, especially since such a device is expensive abroad and difficult to import.
Fatima explains: “In the beginning, we wanted parts, components and certain materials to be imported from China, but due to the conditions of Corona, shipping was not available, so we thought of an alternative solution and buying Egyptian things and components that give us the same efficiency, such as aluminum 7075, which is an essential element in the project and is a heat-treated material until The temperature is 180 degrees Celsius.
And she continued: “The cost of producing the suit model is about 29,000 Egyptian pounds, and it is intended for children, and if one is manufactured for adults, it will be more expensive because we will need to use a larger percentage of aluminum 7075, which is expensive, but compared to the price of this suit abroad, which ranges between 250 thousand to 250 thousand. 500,000 pounds will be considered cheap, and with experience we can also make it cheaper, some of the things that we tried and discovered that we can make them in a better way and at lower costs.”
Fatima confirms that the 10-member team intends to establish a company and produce this improved suit and sell it in the markets, as the team aims to add a screen that shows the information and helps in following up the extent of the patient’s condition improvement, and the extent of the change in the angles of his joints.
And she points out: “The suit has three positions to use, the first is a walking position, the second is a stair climbing position, while the third position contributes to sitting, and the position that the user needs is chosen by pressing a button on the side of the suit, but we want to make this touch control via a screen. In his hand, it makes it easier for him to choose the position he needs and at the same time displays information about the patient.
And it turned out that the main task of this suit in its final form lies in helping to rehabilitate people with movement-related diseases and makes it easier for the doctor to read and diagnose their data on the screen, noting that the most important problem faced by the work team is the lack of experts in Egypt specialized in the manufacture of such devices, “But the team was communicating with doctors at the University of Arizona in the United States to gain the experience needed to work,” she added.
Fatima concludes her speech by saying: “We are looking for supporters to adopt this project, and we hope that it will benefit people and help everyone who can turn this project into a product sold in Egypt, because it will greatly contribute to helping many of the injured who need it.”