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Robo-shorts help with walking and running, but will they clear the fashion hurdle?

08/16/2019 4:11 pm ET
Robo Shorts

Photo: Wyss Institute/Harvard University

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.

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