Robotic researchers at Harvard may just have solved an elusive biomechanics issue: shorts that can adjust to hip flex both when running and walking uphill.
Because the two gaits have different biomechanics, no scientist has yet been able to find a single wearable solution.
However, the Harvard ground-breaking exo-shorts can actually detect changes in the walker-runner and adjust mechanics accordingly.
Researchers hope the robo-wear will help to kick off wearable tech that could become a widespread norm.
But problems remain. The robo-shorts weigh in at a hefty 5 kilograms, or a little over 11 pounds. And they’re not exactly a fashion statement yet.