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Scientists have developed a revolutionary new lightweight exosuit that can stimulate walking and running.
The high-tech suit, which has the potential to be carried by emergency responders such as the fire department and the search and rescue team to navigate the challenging terrain, weighs in at 11 pounds and is made out of fabric parts that are attached to a user’s waist and the thighs.
“This groundbreaking study gives us a glimpse into a future in which wearable robots and can enhance the lives of the healthy as well as help people with injuries or in need of rehabilitation,” Donald Ingber, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, told SWNS.
The suit is controlled by an algorithm that is able to detect whether the person is walking or running, and it seems that it is the first machine of its type that can help you do both.
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The researchers believe that the exosuit would be able to improve the mobility and quality of life for the elderly, and those suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.
Professor Conor Walsh of the Wyss Institute and the study lead, said: “We were delighted to see that the unit also performed well during the uphill walk, at various speeds, and during the real test out, which demonstrated the versatility of the system.”
On the indoor treadmill tests, the extract reduced the users’ metabolic rate of walking or running, with an average of 9.3 per cent and 4 per cent, according to SWNS.
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“When the carrier cuts was that we limited our study demonstrates that it is possible to create a portable, wearable robot to help out is more than just a one-time activity, it can help to pave the way for these systems to become ubiquitous in all our lives.”