Wearable Robot Suit Could Be a Great Help To The People With Limb Disabilities
Those days are not far away when you’ll wake up in the morning and throw on your robot suit. Harvard University announced that its team is working on a soft and flexible exosuit to help people with limited mobility.
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is collaborating with ReWalk Robotics to build a consumer version of a soft, assistive exosuit, which could help patients that have lower limb disabilities walk again. Dr. Conor Walsh, founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab, designed the exosuit along with a team of mechanical and biomechanical engineers, software engineers, roboticists, and apparel designers.
What makes the exosuit stand out from other robotic suits? Well, this suit is not a big hunk of metal we usually see in the movies. It has a form-fitting and fabric-based design that uses small but powerful actuators sewed in the belt so that it can support the wearer’s legs in a more instinctive way, avoiding clunkiness.
This technology contains a lot of promises rather than supporting only the people with limited mobility in their lower limb while being the first suit of its kind. While working on this technology, the engineers lapsed on “entirely new forms of functional textiles, flexible power systems and control strategies that integrate the suit and its wearer in ways that mimic the natural biomechanics of the human musculoskeletal system.”
The potential of this wearable robot suit is endless. Though it’s currently in progress and can only support with limited mobility, but hopefully in the near future, there will be something like this to help the completely paralyzed people to walk.