The $3 million suit

first_imgIn 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.last_img read more

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Vermont Health Centers get $1.5 million in stimulus funds

first_imgIn another round of economic stimulus funds for Vermont, eight community health centers in the state will receive more than $1.5 million to expand services and create jobs. The Vermont grants include $229,967 for Community Health Centers of The Rutland Region in Bomoseen; $157,958 for Little Rivers Health Care of Bradford; $294,562 for Community Health Center of Burlington; $192,281 for Community Health Services of the Lamoille Valley in Morrisville; $146,390 for The Health Center of Plainfield;  $164,980 for the Richford Health Center in Richford; $254,463 for Northern Counties Health Care in St. Johnsbury, and $100,000 for Springfield Medical Care Systems in Springfield. This is one of the most significant steps forward that we have seen in decades in addressing the primary health care crisis in our country, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said of the funds, part of $2 billion for Federally Qualified Health Centers included at his urging in the economic recovery bill that Congress passed on February 13. Health centers provide affordable primary care, dental care, mental health services and low-cost prescription drugs.Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said community health centers are part of Vermont s health care infrastructure. Rural areas like much of Vermont depend on these vital community-based resources to ensure the availability of local dependable health care services.  Even so, some Vermonters are still without a regular source of care.  With this timely addition of funds from the economic recovery plan, Vermont s eight Community Health Centers can reach more Vermonters during these difficult economic times. Vermont s community health care centers have played an extraordinary role in ensuring that Vermonters can see a doctor when they need medical attention, said Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.). This additional funding will help health centers reach more patients with quality services, which is all the more important as Vermonters continue to struggle in this difficult economy.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the Vermont grants as part of $338 million distributed nationwide to expand services offered at the nation s community health centers. In an earlier round of funds released under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Springfield Hospital was awarded $1.3 million to become Vermont s eighth Federally Qualified Health Center. With that addition, health centers will provide primary health care to more than 100,000 Vermonters regardless of their ability to pay.A cost-effective alternative to hospital emergency rooms, community health centers offer basic services like prenatal care, childhood immunizations and cancer screenings. Open to everyone, the centers care for patients covered by Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance as well as those who have no insurance.The National Association of Community Health Centers last night gave Sanders its 2009 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award, citing his dedication and leadership ¦to preserve, strengthen and expand access to quality health care.WASHINGTON, March 27last_img read more

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Mesut Ozil reveals decision over his Arsenal future to friends after squad axe

first_imgMesut Ozil reveals decision over his Arsenal future to friends after squad axe The 31-year-old is determined to see out the final year of his contract and then intends to leave on a free transfer next summer.Ozil’s decision means Arsenal stand to fork out around £18million on his salary over the next 12 months even if he does not play a single minute of football.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe World Cup winner will then be free to begin negotiating a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January onwards, though he has already whittled down his options.Ozil has told pals that he will only consider playing in the USA or Turkey as he looks to wind down his career. Read More Advertisement Read More About Connatix V67539 / Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 Jul 2020 12:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Full Screen Skip SPONSORED Read More 1/1 Read More Read More Top articlescenter_img by Metro Manchester United captain Harry Maguire 1 min. story View 5 comments Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling PLAY The former Real Madrid and Schalke star is a third-generation Turkish-German and was eligible to play for the former nation but opted for the country of his birth, while his wife is former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse – Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was even present at their wedding.Ozil has endured a difficult campaign this season, once again struggling with back issues, and has scored only once and laid on just three assists in 23 appearances in all competitions.Despite not picking Ozil in recent matchday squads – even though he is now allowed nine subs – Arteta opened the door for his reintroduction saying ‘there is always a place for a player of his quality’ in the Arsenal team.MORE: Matteo Guendouzi snubs plea from Arsenal teammate David Luiz over argument with Mikel ArtetaMORE: Mikel Arteta insists Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is happy with Arsenal role after complaints from striker’s brotherFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Coming Next Skip Ad Video Settings The German playmaker has not featured since the football season restarted (Picture: Getty Images)Mesut Ozil will resist attempts from Arsenal to sell him this summer and intends to see out the final year of his £350,000-a-week contract despite being axed from the squad, according to reports.The German playmaker has yet to make an appearance for the Gunners since the football season was restarted despite being a regular in the side before the disruption, not even making the matchday squad for the last three Premier League fixtures.Arsenal are believed to be keen to offload Ozil – and his enormous, club-record salary – if they can find a buyer, though the player himself is less keen despite appearing to be frozen out. Ozil has not played for Arsenal since March, before the season was suspended (Picture: Getty)According to The Sun, Ozil has told friends that he has no intention of leaving Arsenal this summer and will remain at the club even if he is not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

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GOA keeps promise to Guyana Boxing Association

first_imgTHE Guyana Olympic Association(GOA) yesterday came good on a promise to support a boxing team to the Caribbean Development tournament in Barbados.The GOA presented a cheque for$500,000 to president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) Steve Ninvalle at the GOA headquarters in High Street.While thanking the GOA for its support,Ninvalle declared that the GBA still needs to raise $2M more to get the entire team to the December 7-13 tournament.last_img

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Arsenal fightback can inspire Blues – boss

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo says Chelsea can take inspiration from Arsenal ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli.The Blues are 3-1 down from the first leg but Juan Mata’s goal in Naples means they have a fighting chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.Mata’s goal could prove crucial.And interim boss Di Matteo believes Arsenal’s second-leg rally against AC Milan last week could have a positive effect on his players.AdChoices广告The Gunners were beaten 4-0 in Italy but staged a scintillating fightback to narrowly miss out on the last eight.“Watching that game last week can have a psychological effect,” said Di Matteo.“Arsenal beat Milan 3-0, so we have to believe we can turn it around. The players realise that they can win.”Chelsea have won both their games since Di Matteo was placed at the helm in the wake of Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking as manager.Saturday’s league win against Stoke was a step in the right direction and the required victory on Wednesday would boost morale after a difficult few months at Stamford Bridge.“At this stage of the season we have a job to do. We did it against Stoke – now we look forward,” Di Matteo added.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Arsenal star Ozil attacked by carjackers with knives, as teammate tries to fight them off [VIDEO]

first_imgArsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil was pursued in his vehicle by suspected carjackers, holding knives and riding on a moped,  through the streets of North London on Thursday afternoonOzil, driving in his Mercedes G-Class SUV, eventually ditched his car and bolted into a nearby Turkish restaurant.The Daily Mail reported that his Gunners teammate, Sead Kolasinac, on realising the situation, exited his car and attempted to fight the two carjackers “with his bare hands.”The chefs and attendants at the restaurant then came onto the street, driving away the assailants.The police were called and are said to have arrived in minutes after which they questioned all the witnesses, including a very visibly shaken Ozil who was with his wife in the car.Yasmin Tahsiner, the co-owner of the restaurant told Sky Sports: “They asked him [Kolasinac] straight away ‘give me your watch’. Then when they tried to attack him, he tried to go inside the car. From the other door, the attacker tried to go inside of the car as well. When Ozil drove the car, they chased them with the motorbike for 15 minutes.”She added that the German’s car was badly damaged by the assailants with stones and bricks.Police statementThe entire incident was captured by security cameras, the footage from which the police are examining.The Police have said that no arrests have been made so far although the matter is still being investigated.The Metro Police later released a statement confirming the incident.“Police were called to Platts Lane, NW3, shortly before 17.00hrs on Thursday, 25 July to reports of an attempted robbery. It was reported that suspects on motorbikes had attempted to rob a man who was driving a car.”“The driver, along with his passenger, managed to get away unharmed and travelled to a restaurant in Golders Green, where they were spoken to by officers.”An eyewitness, Azuka Alintah, told the Mail that the player was terrified and barely escaped his attackers who had their faces concealed.“It was totally mad and strange. His car was standing there empty in the middle of the road with its door hanging open. It is very distinctive, with gold trim. Ozil looked absolutely terrified, as anybody would after being chased by men with knives. He looked like he was running for his life. And I suppose he was.”“I saw him disappear into the restaurant with the motorcycle guys on his tail. They didn’t take off their helmets and were all in black, wearing long-sleeved tops in this hot weather. They stood out. It was really creepy. ‘God knows what would have happened if they’d caught him. It looked to me like he’d have been hacked to shreds and he clearly thought so too.”Watch as Ozil’s teammate, Kolasinac try to fight off the assailantsVideo Playerhttps://citisportsonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Ozil-attack.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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