Sprinting to the future: robo-shorts that help runners get ahead
By Editor - Thu Aug 15, 6:56 pm
Once confined to comic books, exosuits that enhance a wearer’s physical abilities took a step forward Thursday as researchers unveiled a pair of robotic shorts that assist in walking and running. Walking and running are very different activities from a biomechanical viewpoint, and previous devices had focused on boosting one or the other, but not both, co-author Conor Walsh from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering told AFP. In a paper published in the journal Science on Thursday, the team from Harvard University and the University of Nebraska Omaha wrote that the suit reduces the average energy cost of walking by 9.3 percent and running by 4.0 percent, a range of improvement that has been shown to be meaningful in athletic performance.
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