Daniela’s parents spoke to the team led by Elena in the hope that they will help them improve their daughter’s quality of life. “We changed the focus from industry to health and started a project to develop the pediatric exoskeleton,” Elena recalls. At that time, they had been working in locomotion robotics for 20 years, that is, walking, but focused on industrial applications. Daniela’s case led them to develop the exoskeleton, a robot that attaches to the child’s body and achieves a perfect integration between human and robot. “The child lacks the strength to stand up and walk and the robot has the strength and precision,” explains Elena. Thanks to the exoskeleton, these children have the possibility to fulfill their dreams and play by catching a ball, shooting a basket or grabbing a racket. “They feel like superheroes because it’s like having superpowers for them.”
Elena’s scientific vocation runs in the family. Her mother has been her female reference in science, but to awaken the vocation in girls it is necessary have more references in the world of science. “You have to rewrite the pages of history and there are many women who have contributed and who do not appear in the books,” says the scientist. Education should focus on encouraging children to understand their education and move towards it. For this, it is important that they understand that “being a scientist is not being a freak.”
For the protagonist of this chapter, the greatest prize for her work is “the smile of children when they see themselves walking, when they see themselves capable. It fills us with pride and motivation and gives us wings to keep working ”, he explains. But it is important that technology is always focused on completing those capabilities that have been lost so that people can regain a certain quality of life. “My dream is to continue sketching smiles and for people to regain their life and happiness.”
Improve people’s quality of life
Elena García Armada knows that thanks to her effort and determination, she has achieved her greatest professional challenge: improving people’s quality of life. In this sense, it should be noted that achieving financial well-being is also important to improve our quality of life. Xavier Puig, professor of economics and business at the Pompeu Fabra Barcelona School of Management University, explains that “having a good financial culture gives us confidence and security when making our decisions and provides us with healthy financial habits”. You can see the full chapter here.
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