‘Wearable robot’ from Harvard scores DARPA funding, New Balance partnership

September 15, 2014 3:42 AM

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A soft, wearable exoskeleton under construction has received a $2.9 million shot of funding from DARPA, Harvard University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Design announced Thursday. Also, New Balance, Boston maker of 3D printed shoes, will be a collaborator on the “wearable robot” project going forward.

Conor Walsh, head of the Harvard Biodesign Lab, and lead researcher designing the suit, refers to it as a “wearable robot,” because of the way it can be worn under regular clothing, and how it straps on like a web around your limbs.

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