If exoskeletons of the future don’t adapt to the wearer, they will probably feel more like a ride than an assist, right? This new exoskelton is working on addressing just that.
There are 26 bones in the foot and ankle, so 52 total. That is a lot of complex moving parts individualized to each person. We all have different gaits and walking patterns. As far as mobility goes its a great place to start. Via the Verge:
A new robotic, boot-like exoskeleton uses wearable sensors to adjust to each person who wears it, marking a significant step forward for robotics. The device, described in a study published today, helps solve one of the big challenges in developing systems that help people walk: that everyone walks differently.
“This exoskeleton personalizes assistance as people walk normally through the real world,” said Steve Collins, associate professor of mechanical engineering and head of the Stanford Biomechatronics Laboratory.
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