09 Apr The Next Step In Evolution?
There is a device in the works to assist walking by being 7% more efficient.
No, no, nothing like that. Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University have been hard at work developing an unpowered exoskeleton. This new device works like a slip on boot that goes over your calves, just under your knee and attaches to your Achilles tendon. Which then uses a catapult system to assist those muscles to use less energy while walking. The feeling of using this device can be comparable to removing a 10 pound backpack. It doesn’t sound like much, but for people who could use a little help while taking hikes or long walks this could make a huge impact.
The Washington Post has put this video up of the device. Check it out!
The Exoskeleton has been in the works for over 10 years. Gregory Sawicki and Steve Collins have been working together developing this since its original pneumatic prosthetic that had to be plugged in and air was pumped in. Clearly they’ve come a long way and Sawicki feels that this device could also immediately help with stroke victims in the medical field to start walking again.
So to that I say great job and I’m looking forward to the future of exoskeletons and not robots.