The 'robo-shorts' that could help you run

  • Wednesday 21, August 2019 11:12 PM
Sharjah 24 – Teuters: "Robo-shorts" that assist the wearer's ability to both walk and run have been developed for the first time by engineers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.
A revolutionary pair of "robo-shorts" could help the wearer walk and run.

Harvard's Wyss Institute has created a lightweight, portable exosuit, that could not only boost the performance of athletes, but actually help the elderly or infirm to walk.

Although the shorts look pretty normal, the device has sensors that can tell if you're walking or running by identifying changes in leg and torso position.

A motor on the back of the suit pulls on a cable before the foot touches the ground, which acts as an aid to the body's hip extensors - and reduces the amount energy used for the movement, making it easier.

Research published in the journal Science, said the suit reduced the energy cost of walking by 9.3%, and running by 4%, when on an indoor treadmill.

The exosuit weighs 5 kilograms, but the team hopes to reduce this, while also customizing the device to individuals, and making the shorts more user friendly.