How Exosuits Could Help People Walk Again, Create Super Soldiers

Dani Ryan, a Functional Apparel Designer with Harvard's Wyss Institute, stopped by PCMag to talk about her team's work with DARPA designing textile-based exoskeletons.

       [Super proud of the coverage of Wyss Institute work, and video of my old colleague Dani,
       speaking about the Exoskeleton Wearables of the future which they are working on. 
       Awesome job by Conor, Diana Dani and the whole team! Such an exciting direction.]

By Evan Dashevsky
July 6, 2017 8:00AM EST

When it comes to wearable technology, the first thing most people probably think of is modern wrist-adorned doodads like Fitbits or the Apple Watch. But there's much more to the wearable story than that. Researchers are hard at work engineering advanced wearable systems that will augment our movements.

These technologies hold the promise to one day return the ability to walk to those suffering from injury and disease, but they might also be used to improve the physicality of the able bodied. Those are some of the goals being sought by a research team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, which has partnered with the US military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create textile-based soft robotic exosuits. This technology is still very much in development, but the suits could one day supercharge soldiers' movement in the field.

That's right, super soldiers—of a sort. Click here for the whole PC Mag article and the video.