A robot, a skateboard, and AI help babies with cerebral palsy scoot around

Infants at risk of cerebral palsy are getting a bit of support from a skateboard, a robot, and a machine-learning algorithm at the University of Oklahoma (OU) Health Science Center, where this year a team of researchers have embarked on the third version of an innovative effort, IEEE Spectrum reports.As infants mature, they often learn to crawl in an effort to reach some goal, such as a toy or another interesting object. In this case, learning to crawl is reward-based. But, when an infant suffers from cerebral palsy, her movements and muscle coordination can be severely stunted, and the motivation to keep crawling may be reduced since the task is either too difficult or doesn’t result in a reward. With this motivation gone, as the infant focuses energy elsewhere, the brain…


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