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A smart exoskeleton has been developed that makes walking easier (video)


Stanford Biomechatronics Lab Teamcreated a self-sufficient and comfortable exoskeleton in the form of a boot. The artificial intelligence built into it studies the user's walking for an hour, and then adapts to it, facilitating muscle efforts.

The device is fastened to the ankle and takesthe whole shin. The control unit with the battery is located on the belt, which allows it to be seriously considered for everyday wear. The kinesiology system pushes the calf muscle with every step, conserving leg muscle energy. However, this new device is not remarkable at all. Unlike similar exoskeletons, which are adjusted before use in the laboratory through long calibrations and synchronization with anatomical movement, this "smart shoe" adjusts to the walking of a particular person.


During the study, the system was tested onten test subjects. During optimization, they walked down the street and heard various commands, such as "walk like you're missing the bus." It took less than an hour to fully calibrate. After it, the participants had the feeling that a 20-kilogram backpack was removed from their backs - their walking was so forced.

“Over the next decade, we willWe will see personalized portable exoskeletons that will help many people overcome mobility issues or maintain their ability to live active, independent and meaningful lives,” said study author and bioengineering researcher Patrick Slade.