Harvard University has developed a new new robotic device that will reportedly help people run faster and for longer.
Jose Luis Pons, member of the Spanish National Research Council and president of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago believes that this is an important step in the human exoskeleton technology.
The device that can be worn as shorts fitting on the waist. Pons, an expert in neurorehabilitation believes that although this technology is still rudimentary as it can only move in limited cyclical motions, it demonstrates great potential for future models. He mentions however that at this stage it is only useful for healthy, mobile individuals to augment their movements and would be difficult to replicate for the upper body.
The AbilityLab where Pons is developing advanced devices for people with disabilities has patented several robotic devices that assist people walking. Amongst these devices are the Manuel Standing Wheelchair, the Lightweight Powered Leg and the Collaborative Machines Enhancing Therapies (COMET).