DARPA has awarded a $2.9 million contract to the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University to further develop the Soft Exosuit, a “wearable robot.”
It will be worn comfortably under clothing to enable soldiers to walk longer distances, reduce fatigue, and minimize risk of injury when carrying heavy loads.
The development is part of DARPA’s Warrior Web program, which seeks to develop technologies to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries for military personnel, but the technologies could also have civilian applications, including first responders, athletes, and the disabled.
In the above video, Harvard faculty member Conor Walsh and members of his team explain how the biologically inspired Soft Exosuit targets enhancing the mobility of healthy individuals and restoring the mobility of those with physical disabilities. Credit: Harvard’s Wyss Institute.
The lightweight device is designed to replace power-hungry battery packs and rigid components that can interfere with natural joint movement, as in heavier exoskeleton systems.
“While the idea of a wearable robot is not new, our design approach certainly is,” – Conor Walsh, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab.
It is made of soft, functional textiles woven together into a piece of smart clothing that is pulled on like a pair of pants and intended to be worn under a soldier’s regular gear. The suit mimics the action of the leg muscles and tendons when a person walks, and provides small but carefully timed assistance at the joints of the leg without restricting the wearer’s movement.
The current prototype uses a low-power microprocessor and network of supple strain sensors that act as the “brain” and “nervous system” of the Soft Exosuit, continuously monitoring various data signals, including the suit tension, the position of the wearer (e.g., walking, running, crouched), and more.
The team will also collaborate with clinical partners to develop a medical version of the suit that can help stroke patients, for example.
Collaborators include researchers at Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Harvard postdocs, and Boston-based New Balance.
Reblogged from Kurzweilai
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It can’t be said for many designers that they have been able to showcase at LFW but for Omar Mansoor it is now becoming home from home. This past week he returned with his 9th collection at LFW featuring couture gowns inspired by Mata Hari, who was an exotic Dutch dancer and courtesan convicted of being a spy in early 20th century. Her style and free-willed attitude made her a very popular woman, as did her eagerness to perform in exotic clothing. She was known to design her bespoke wardrobe with dazzling jewels.
Omar picks up the contrasting red, turquoise and light gold colours. Turquoise colour depicts the early struggling part of Mata Hari’s life followed by golden colour showing her peak and red communicating the end of her life’s story.
The collection features full size ball gowns and knee length dresses made up of Vintage lace, crepe silks and chiffons. The old technique of hand woven crochet is applied on selected gowns while some features semi-precious stones such as turquoise and rubies encrusted with embroidery on the gowns. The show stopper dress is decorated with hand appliqué known as Rilli (an art from ancient Sindhi civilization) is produced by ‘Inaaya’ with help of female artisans of rural Sindh.
By combining classic couture crafting techniques along modern silhouettes, Omar creates an elegant look for a woman, who symbolizes the confidence, merriment and splendour.
Jewellery by: Amishi London
Omar Mansoor Cellar Door salutes you.
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In celebration of Celebrity Ambassador, Kurt Yaegar (pro BMXer and actor, featuring in Rudimental’s “Waiting All Night” Video, based in Los Angeles) Daytrippers have been inspired and would like to invite some children on the tracks to get familiar with urban sports and/or to improve.
Together with Access Sport, the UAB and Cellar Door, Daytrippers will take over Mile End Park on 20th September and make urban sports and arts more accessible for children with special needs encouraging them to pursue what they love doing!
This is a free family friendly event with opportunities for everybody! Workshops are reserved for children with special needs and there will be plenty to keep you entertained for the rest of the day including music, facepainting and balloon modelling for the little ones. Daytrippers and Access Sport will help make the day as inclusive and accessible as possible.
The day will consist of the following:
- 3 different workshops running back to back including BMX (on the track), skateboarding/rollerblading and climbing.
– Performances from live DJs and graffiti artists.
– A dedicated kiddies area with facepainting and balloon modelling.46
– Light refreshments from Ipro Sports and Ribena!