After years of careful development, engineers have created a boot-like exoskeleton that increases walking speed and reduces effort outside of the lab. The exoskeleton personalizes assistance as people walk normally through the real world. This robotic boot has a motor that works with calf muscles to give the wearer an extra push with every step.
But, unlike other exoskeletons out there, this push is personalized thanks to a machine-learning-based model that was trained through years of work using emulators. The ultimate aim is to help people with mobility impairments, particularly older people, move throughout the world as they like. With this latest breakthrough, the technology is ready for commercialization in the coming few years.