When Daniela’s family, a six-year-old girl from Cordoba with severe quadriplegia, knocked on the door of Elena García Armada’s office asking for help in 2009, the CSIC team specialized in robotics led by this industrial engineer understood that they had to change their line research, until then focused on industrial locomotion applications. “They came to see if we could find a solution to improve their quality of life. Very quickly, we changed our focus and started a project to develop the first pediatric exoskeleton ”, explains García, a 50-year-old from Valladolid, during an interview in Much to do, the CaixaBank content program intended to promote financial education and increase the knowledge of the population in basic concepts of personal finance.
The result, after years of work and helping many little ones who could not walk, has been something never before developed: ATLAS 2030, the first bionic exoskeleton ready to be marketed that allows children like Daniela to walk. “When we give them the chance to play like other children, something they always dreamed of but perhaps never thought would happen, they feel like superheroes. Catching a ball, making a basket, playing with a racket… ”, explains the engineer.
For Garcia, the achievements that technology has brought recently are the tip of the iceberg of things to come in the next few years. But, for this, the expert specifies, it is necessary to continue working. “The important thing is that people who have lost a certain quality of life can regain it. That is where technology has a lot to do and develop ”, he points out.
The story of Elena García Armada is an example of how, with effort and determination, one can achieve one’s goals; in his case, to improve the lives of others. And it is that work and perseverance are basic tools to achieve our objectives and improve our day to day. This is explained by Xavier Puig, professor of Economics and Business at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona School of Management, during a complementary program to that of the Valladolid engineer in Much to do. In it, Puig talks about the keys that we must take into account to improve personal finances and try to achieve our financial well-being.
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For Much to do Throughout this year, more than a dozen personalities from culture, science, sports or gastronomy, among other sectors, have passed to highlight from their personal experience the importance of financial concepts such as entrepreneurship, savings, investment, family finances, debt or bank security. Voices that will be complemented by the vision of an expert.
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