A group of scientists and researchers from the prestigious the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and led by Conor Walsh, a genius professor of mechanical and bio-medical engineering, has developed a flexible exoskeleton to help individuals facing specific constraints (like soldiers, astronauts or stroke victims!) in their mobility.
Made of strips, silicon sensors, pulleys and cables, the exosuit mimics the natural movement of the legs
The project, called Soft Exosuit, looks like a harness made of spandex and nylon strips, which cover the mid and lower body, flexible silicon sensors and a series of pulleys and cables that provide support and mobility. The combination slips on like pants and can be worn under clothing. The exosuit mimics the natural movement of the legs, fits the rhythm of the wearer and provides a lightweight but perfectly timed help to support the hips and legs joints and helps propel the wearer’s legs forward extremely efficiently.
A project developed to help individuals facing specific containtes in their mobility
On the current prototype, batteries located at the hips provide the electrical charge needed to power the combination but researchers hope that technological advances will dramatically reduce their size and durability. The Harvard team has recently received a DARPA contract $ 2.9 million to develop this promising project.
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