Connor Walsh Creates Wearable Robotics To Enhance Mobility for Soldiers

By: Meghan Young - Sep 16, 2014
References: biodesign.seas.harvard.edu & fastcoexist
Sci-fi films depict the enhancement of a person's natural mobility in a couple of ways: hard robotic outfits or near-supernatural medical procedures. These soft exosuits can be likened as a compromise between the two. It is a wearable robotic outfit that could easily be worn underneath normal garb yet there is nothing remotely normal about it itself.

Attached to a battery pack, the soft exosuit assists the wearer's leg muscles, providing additional power up to 20%. Created by Harvard University engineer and head of the Biodesign Lab Connor Walsh, it is designed with soldiers in mind. He says, "You actually don’t really notice that it’s helping you. But as soon as you turn the system off, it makes you instantly feel that your legs are heavy, which shows that your legs have adapted."