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This ultra-lightweight artificial intelligence exoskeleton saves you strength while running

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Exoskeleton technology should go the way of minimizing the size and cost of energy. Guided by this idea, a team of engineers from Harvard University and the University of Nebraska developed a new exoskeleton that looks like sports shorts with a set of belts and an electronic unit. The weight of such an ultra-light and ultra-compact device is only 5 kg, of which 90% are located near the center of mass of the user's body, so he actually does not feel heaviness.

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The work of this exoskeleton is based on the analysis of the user's movements by artificial intelligence, in order to adapt the work of all mechanisms under it. It does not matter what age, build or gender the device user is – the adjustment takes place individually in each case. The task of AI is to dynamically adjust the system so that it adapts to the work of the gluteal and femoral muscles, removing part of the load from them.

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This exoskeleton is best shown when walking and running, its use reduces energy consumption for performing these exercises by 9 and 4%, respectively. The previous model provided savings of up to 17.4% of the strength, but it only worked when walking and was more cumbersome. The next version of the device will be designed for people with disabilities of the musculoskeletal system, which can move, albeit with difficulty. An exoskeleton of this design will not be able to replace sore legs, but has wide potential for use in rehabilitation.

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