Researchers wanted to know whether wearable robots—such as powered lower-limb exoskeletons—could improve balance and prevent falls for people with balance impairments.


This article by Kendall Payne, writing for the College of Education, University of Texas (Austin), makes the following points:
  • For some people, every step holds the possibility of a fall; and some falls can be catastrophic.
  • A new study has shown that exoskeleton assistance enhances balance without hindering the person’s natural reactions.
  • The study found the key to augmenting balance was to have boots that could act faster than human reaction times.


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