DARPA awards $2.9 million to Harvard to develop ‘soft’ robotic exoskeleton

The Pentagon’s technology research branch has awarded $2.9 million to Harvard University researchers working to develop an exoskeleton soft and pliable enough to be worn underneath a soldier’s clothing.

Researchers had actually been working on the device, dubbed the “Soft Exosuit,” for several years before receiving a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). Rather than dramatically increasing soldiers’ physical capabilities, the suit is designed to reduce strain on the body, thereby helping users conserve energy, travel farther and work longer before needing to rest.

“We’re trying to take an entirely new approach to how we design and fabricate wearable robots,” project leader Conor J. Walsh said. Continue reading follow article link

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