A team of researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering of Harvard University recently announced they have come up with a new type of exosuit or “wearable robotics” that would actually minimize the energy needed by a human to physically move. Thanks to “a first-phase $2.9 million contract” from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) the group of researchers has developed a prototype “smart wearable robotic suit” as part of what the DARPA Warrior Web program. Known as “the Soft Exosuit”, it can actually be put on like a pair of conventional pants.
The exosuit was designed with the specific intention of minimizing the energy needed for physical movement. The research team said the wearable exosuit could very well prove to be extremely helpful to military personnel who are navigating tough terrain.