A French startup has developed a futuristic exoskeleton device that can help patients with complete lower body paralysis to walk without crutches or a walker. Called the'Atalante', it's a robotic suit that uses sophisticated computers and motors to emulate the way humans walk. The device was developed by Paris-based Wandercraft and is now undergoing patient trials, with the hope of going on sale soon. A French startup has developed a futuristic exoskeleton device that can help paraplegic patients walk without crutches or a walker. It's currently in testing but could go on sale soon Users begin by sitting in the device then moving their hips, which tells the motors in the hips, knees and ankle to move, forcing the device into a standing position.
SKIERS and snowboarders could get an extra boost with the help of an exoskeleton. The device helps someone hurtling down a mountain by providing extra power to their legs during turns and by cushioning big impacts, allowing them to stay on the slopes for longer. San Francisco-based Roam Robotics created the exoskeleton called Elevate. It has mechanical parts that strap to the knees, thighs and ski boots, and is powered by a battery backpack with enough power for a full day on the piste.
If Lowe's has its way, they'll help store staff fetch your giant bucket of paint. The home improvement retailer has partnered with Virginia Tech to test prototype passive exoskeletons that make it easier to haul heavy objects. Carbon fiber in the suits' back and legs serves as a "taut bow" that stores energy when you bend down -- that energy comes back the moment you stand back up, making it much easier to lift that heavy bag of concrete. The material's flexible nature should also help the suits feel relatively comfortable... a rather important consideration for warehouse workers who may need to wear it for an entire shift. Only four suits are currently in testing at a store in Christiansburg, Virginia.