A special suit that could help people with lower limb disability is a step closer to reality thanks to an agreement between the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and ReWalk Robotics.
The designers at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard have designed a lightweight, wearable soft exosuit, which could help people with lower limb disability to regain their mobility.
The form-fitting, fabric-based design uses powerful motors to provide assistance to the wearer. These enhanced movements have the potential to assist in walking with greater stability.
The design team studied how people walk to design the suit to mimic human movement.
The partnership with ReWalk Robotics will enable further development of the exosuit technology. You can read more about the first-of-its-kind design here.
Image right: The lightweight, wearable soft exosuit could help patients suffering from lower limb disability regain their mobility. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University.
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This article was featured in the July 2016 Edition of LSS News. The LSS Update is a quarterly enewsletter from Lois and the LSA team.