Imagine that you could strap on a device that would make you stronger, or if you are paralyzed, help you walk again. It’s not science fiction!
Ever since Sigourney Weaver buckled into the robotic loader to do battle in the movie “Aliens,” people have been fascinated with the potential of exoskeletons. The idea is that a robotic device can augment or replace the physical powers of a normal human. In recent years, this field has blossomed, making it possible for even paralyzed individuals to get out of their wheelchairs and walk independently again. These early devices have had limitations, such as a lack of balance that requires the wearer to use crutches to remain upright. A French company named Wandercraft has extended the capabilities of their exoskeleton with new features. An enhanced stabilization system, for example, helps the wearer remain upright without the need for crutches. And a gait adjustment feature lets the wearer walk more like the natural human walking motion. You can even adjust the amount of power assist, so that it can help people who only have partial impairment of their leg muscles.