The Vanderbilt exoskeleton attaches to the user’s torso, legs and feet
Vanderbilt University has developed an exoskeleton for the physically challenged, which is claimed to offer several advantages over similar devices
Test subject Brian Shaffer uses the prototype exoskeleton
For people who are unable to walk under their own power, exoskeletons offer what is perhaps the next-best thing. Essentially “wearable robots,” the devices not only let their users stand, but they also move their legs for them, allowing them to walk. While groups such as Berkeley Bionics, NASA, Rex Bionics, and ReWalk are all working on systems, Nashville’s Vanderbilt University has just announced the development of its own exoskeleton. It is claimed to offer some important advantages over its competitors.
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