An exoskeleton boot that enables the wearer to walk 9 per cent faster than with normal shoes, and with 17 per cent less effort, has been revealed by scientists.
Created at Stanford University, the robotic footwear comes with a motor that works with calf muscles to give the wearer an extra push with every step.
The precisely-timed motor controls the boot so that it imparts a ‘torque’ – a twisting force that can cause rotation around an axis – at the leg joint.
The new creation could be widely used in everyday life, by people with mobility impairments or with physically demanding jobs, for example.
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