This Robot Exoskeleton is Built to Support Activity in Old Age

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Oct 15, 2015
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This robot exoskeleton will assist elderly people in continuing to be physically active well into old age.

The AXO-suit, built by researchers at Aalborg University in Denmark, is a robot exoskeleton that straps onto the exterior of the body and offers assisted movement for older people who may have weakened muscles, bones and joints. Sensors in the robot exoskeleton tell it how much power to provide. Its motor only activates to the extent where it is aiding in motion, rather than causing movement on its own. The robot exoskeleton will allow aging people to continue their daily activities without impediment, keeping up hobbies like gardening and hiking and being able to live on their own for longer.

By the year 2050, there will be more than two billion people aged over 60 years, making inventions like this robot exoskeleton increasingly necessary.