Dr Andrew McDaid's groundbreaking robotics featured on TV3

26 August 2015

Mechanical Engineering lecturer Dr Andrew McDaid was featured on TV3 this weekend for his groundbreaking robotics research.  

Dr McDaid leads a team of researchers here at the University of Auckland that has developed a robot exoskeleton to help Kiwi children suffering from Cerebral Palsy. This incurable condition affects one in 500 babies in New Zealand, and has direct impacts on a child's posture and movement.

The team's robotic devices, notably the first of their kind in the world, will provide aid for movement, and can manipulate individual muscles in the same manner that a human therapist would.

Cure Kids, a charity that focuses on finding cures for serious health conditions in local children, have offered to contribute to the initiative by providing a $55,000 grant.

The coverage on TV3 can be viewed here.