In a current prototype, a series of webbing straps around the lower half of the body contain a low-power microprocessor and a network of supple strain sensors. These act as the “brain” and “nervous system” of the Soft Exosuit, respectively, continuously monitoring various data signals, including suit tension, wearer position (walking, running, crouched), and more.“Over just a couple of short years, Conor and his team will work to fundamentally shift the paradigm of what is possible in wearable robotics,” said Wyss Institute director Don Ingber. “Their work is a great example of the power of bringing together people from multiple disciplines with focused resources to translate what first seems like a dream into a product that could transform people’s lives.”In addition to its military application, the team will collaborate with clinical partners to develop a medical version of the suit that could greatly benefit stroke victims, for example, whose gait often becomes slow and inefficient.Collaborators include Wyss Institute and SEAS faculty member Robert Wood and visiting professor Ken Holt, and Terry Ellis at Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Critical to this project’s success to date has been a team of Harvard postdoctoral fellows (Alan Asbeck, Stefano de Rossi, Ignacio Galiana, Yigit Menguc) and graduate students (Ye Ding, Jaehyun Bae, Kai Schmidt, Brendan Quinlivan), and staff from the Wyss Institute (Zivthan Dubrovsky, Robert Dyer, Mike Mogenson, Diana Wagner, Kathleen O’Donnell). Boston-based New Balance also will be a key collaborator on this new phase of the project, bringing expertise in textile and apparel innovation.Under the terms of the contract with DARPA, the Wyss Institute will receive up to $2.9 million for its work on Warrior Web, with full funding contingent on meeting a series of technical milestones. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azSpdF8CGPw” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/azSpdF8CGPw/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> A biologically inspired smart suit that fits under clothing and could help soldiers walk farther, tire less easily, and carry heavy loads more safely has been given a boost that could be as much as $2.9 million.The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that it has been awarded a first-phase, follow-on contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop its Soft Exosuit — a wearable robot — alternative versions of which could eventually help those with limited mobility as well.Technologies developed by DARPA’s Warrior Web program aim to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries for military personnel, but can have civilian applications, too. The suit could reduce long-term health care costs and enhance the quality of life for people on and off the battlefield.The award is the first of what could be a two-phase contract, and it enables Wyss Institute core faculty member Conor Walsh and his team to build upon their earlier work (also funded by DARPA) demonstrating the proof-of-concept of this radically new approach to wearable robot design and fabrication. Inspired by a deep understanding of the biomechanics of human walking, Soft Exosuit technology is spawning development of entirely new forms of functional textiles, flexible power systems, soft sensors, and control strategies that enable intuitive and seamless human-machine interaction.The lightweight Soft Exosuit overcomes the drawbacks of traditional, heavier exoskeleton systems, such as power-hungry battery packs and rigid components that can interfere with natural joint movement.“While the idea of a wearable robot is not new, our design approach certainly is,” said Walsh, an assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab.The lightweight Soft Exosuit overcomes the drawbacks of traditional, heavier exoskeleton systems, such as power-hungry battery packs and rigid components that can interfere with natural joint movement. It is made of soft, functional textiles woven into a piece of smart clothing that is pulled on like a pair of pants, and is intended to be worn under a soldier’s regular gear. The suit mimics the action of leg muscles and tendons when a person walks, and provides small but carefully timed assistance at the leg joints without restricting the wearer’s movement.
Get Fresh Air with Shakespeare Beginning June 3 at the Delacorte Theater Shakespeare in the Park is the NYC theatergoer’s ice cream truck: The start of summer’s good times—without the calories or sticky fingers. The cherished tradition begins with The Merchant of Venice alums Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe trading verbal blows in Much Ado About Nothing. Bonus: three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien directs the talented pair. Super bonus: the show is, as always, free! Eat Popcorn with Miss Daisy June 4 through June 10, check listings With unsupervised kids hopped up on soda and freedom, movie theaters can get scary. And those clip-on ties the ushers wear? Ugh. But tonight is different! The Australian stage production of Driving Miss Daisy starring stage and screen greats James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury opens in more than 500 theaters in the U.S and Canada. Two legends in a Pulitzer-winning classic? Get to the googolplex early, buy some Milk Duds, and bring tissues. Click for tickets! Fall in Love with Justin Guarini June 2 at 54 Below We can’t talk about our love lives without sobbing and reaching for the ice cream…but not Justin Guarini! In Lovesick, he willingly dishes on “all the horrifying places love has taken him”—American Idol hotel rooms?—alongside a seven-piece band and two back-up singers. Expect to hear heartfelt, funny tales from the Broadway star (Wicked, Romeo and Juliet) and songs ranging from Burt Bacharach to Beck. Click for tickets! Sing Along with Idina Menzel In stores June 3 Let’s be honest. As much as you love Frozen, you’re getting a little bored of singing “Let it Go” into your hairbrush every morning. Well, here’s your chance to update your Idina Menzel repertoire! The cast album for If/Then—the lyrical and lovely musical starring Menzel, Anthony Rapp, and LaChanze— hits stores. Warning: Don’t actually sing like Menzel without professional supervision. Trust us on this. Holler For Tupac on Broadway Beginning June 2 at the Palace Theatre It’s finally happening: Tupac Shakur is getting the Broadway treatment. Holler if Ya Hear Me, which begins previews this week, uses the rap god’s poetic lyrics to tell a fictional story about two friends facing challenges in the inner city. Two rumors to squash: First, this musical is not about Shakur. Second, he’s not recording a posthumous album with Biggie Smalls and Amelia Earhart. That project wrapped up years ago. Click for tickets! Boy, the couch looks comfortable, doesn’t it? And the A.C.! That frosty temptress is purring like Eartha Kitt. But whatever you do, don’t succumb. There are too many fun things to do this week, such as the return of Shakespeare in the Park, the debut of a Tupac Shakur musical, and a movie event featuring two stage legends. It’s all part of this week’s must-see list! View Comments
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