Myoshirt is one thing folks put on, and its synthetic muscle fibers (a cable) run parallel to the wearer’s muscular tissues. Sensors and clever algorithms contract the artificial fibers when the consumer strikes for added energy. The corporate describes the cable as an “synthetic tendon.”
The system is designed to go away the wearer in management, says ETH Zurich, and it’s potential to tune the energy to the consumer’s choice. This specific setup helps with arm and shoulder movement, and you’ll see the form of movement supported within the video under.
I like that the system is intuitive and doesn’t require giant gear, as usually seen in skilled medical remedy gadgets. In accordance with ETH Zurich, all testers discovered the gear simple to make use of, and all (impaired or wholesome) have proven some advantages.
That is nonetheless a lab prototype, however the subsequent step is to strive it exterior the lab. It’s honest to imagine that it’ll take some time (and many paperwork) earlier than this might grow to be a medical system for on a regular basis sufferers. Nevertheless, it’s a very promising lead that might induce extra future improvements.
For sufferers who not have the energy to elevate issues equivalent to a gallon of milk or different on a regular basis objects, such a tool may very well be life-transformative. Extra particulars in Nature (subscription required)
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a #wearable textile #exomuscle that serves as an additional layer of muscular tissues. They goal to make use of it to extend the higher physique #strength and #endurance of individuals with restricted #mobility. #myoshirt pic.twitter.com/roaiktydGY
— ETH Zurich (@ETH_en) June 23, 2022
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