The Knee Perturbator is a curiously named and highly intelligently designed wearable robot, designed by a group of scientists and engineers at ETH Zurich and the National Center of Competence in Research Robotics, that can help inspire the building of better prosthetics.
That may not sound altogether peculiar until you consider that the robot does this by kicking wearers in the knee, before studying how they respond. By kicking the wearer's knee, the exoskeleton assesses the wearer's stride by studying how much they compensate in response to a knock.
Ultimately, this exoskeleton helps create data that can be integrated into prosthetic limbs and braces, helping aid in the rehabilitation of people who have lost a leg or are recovering from serious leg injuries.
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