Monday, May 29, 2017

New exoskeleton stops elderly from falling over

Researchers at Scuola Sant’Anna in Italy and EPFL in Switzerland have developed a very unique type of exoskeleton: Instead of granting the user Iron Man-like super strength, their exoskeleton stops elderly people from falling over. This might sound like a somewhat trivial super power to grant, but the numbers beg to differ. According to the American National Council on Aging, “One-fourth of Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Falls are the leading cause of fatal…

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