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Smart Exoskeleton for Seniors Prevents Falls

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Here is a smart exoskeleton developed by researchers at Scuola Sant’Anna in Italy and EPFL that detects when a user is losing his/her balance to take action. It is lightweight and easily adaptable to each user. Upon detecting loss of balance, the exoskeleton counteracts to help the wearer recover balance.

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This exoskeleton was designed to help the elderly avoid fall-related injuries. Here is how it works:

The personalized exoskeleton first detects the particularities of Bertelli’s walk: the patterns of his stride known as the gait. Once this pattern is established, the system’s algorithm is able to detect deviations from his normal gait i.e. the onset of a fall. When this happens, the motors push both of the thighs down, reestablishing Bertelli’s stability at the hip.

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