Smart Textiles super suit helps six year old to walk
Six year old Annabelle Quinn from Melbourne Australia has Cerebral Palsy. It makes her muscles so tight that she has difficulty moving and, above all, walking. But with the help of the Mollii suit, which Smart Textiles has financed and helped developed, she can now move much better, says Nine News Australia in a report from August 2019.
“It makes me play more,” says Annabelle about the suit in the feature from Nine News Australia.
Annabelle every so often demonstrates the costume and its features at a training center for cerebral palsy in her hometown. With increased ability to move and a stronger self-esteem, she is now aiming to take part in the Melbourne Marathon in October, where the goal is to walk the last 100 meters wearing the Mollii suit. The purpose is to raise money for the center
Mollii, formerly known as Electrodress, is a suit with integrated electrodes for multifocal transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS or TNS) designed to self-treat spasticity as a result of Cerebral Palsy or stroke. It has been developed together with Smart Textiles and the research group in medical technology at the University of Borås.
The suit can be described as a tight garment with electrodes. The electrodes are programmed according to each person’s symptoms. The purpose of the suit is to reduce unwanted reflexes and stiffness and thus make it possible to improve range of motion and functional ability.
Mollii was launched in the Swedish market as a medical device in late 2012 by the company Inerventions.
The Mollii costume can be viewed in both child and adult sizes in the Smart Textiles Showroom at the Textile Fashion Center in Borås.