(ORDO NEWS) — Engineers at the Biomechatronics Lab at Stanford University have created an automated exoskeleton that gives people a boost when they walk.
Robotics expert Patrick Slade said, “Essentially, these are motorized shoes… By replacing the calf function with a motor, we can actually speed up the stride and help people walk easier and faster.”
The new exo-boot is worn over regular shoes, and the sensors are attached to the calf muscle using a brace and carbon fiber cables.
When a person walks, a motor placed behind the shin pulls on a cable connected to the shoe, which allows the person to effortlessly (or with significantly less effort) lift the foot off the ground.
However, these futuristic walking devices are far from universal – they first need to properly study the owner.
The boots are equipped with an artificial intelligence unit that collects and analyzes data to understand how their owner walks, and then adapt their assistance to his unique gait.
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