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Stronger, Smarter, Softer: Next-Generation Wearable Robots
Exosuits show a lot of promise as a technique for augmenting the body with light-weight, transportable, and compliant wearable systems. We have a tendency to envision that such systems will be further refined so that they can be sufficiently low profile to suit below a wearer's existing clothing. Our focus is on making an assistive device that gives a fraction of the nominal biological torques and will not give external load transfer. In early work, we showed that the system can substantially maintain traditional biomechanics and positively have an effect on a wearer's metabolic rate. Several basic basic research and development challenges stay in actuator development, textile innovation, soft sensor development, human-machine interface (control), biomechanics, and physiology, which provides fertile ground for academic research in many disciplines. Whereas we tend to have focused on gait assistance thus way, varied different applications are possible, including rehabilitation, upper body support, and assistance for alternative motions. We tend to look forward to a future where wearable robots offer benefits for people across many areas of our society.
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