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AI-driven exoskeleton lightens your load, elevates performance

AI-driven exoskeleton lightens your load, elevates performance
Researchers have created an AI-powered exoskeleton that seamlessly adapts to provide remarkable mobility assistance and energy savings. Kurt “CyberGuy" Knutsson discusses.

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Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an AI-powered exoskeleton that promises to be a game-changer for individuals with mobility issues. The wearable technology provides unprecedented energy savings during human movement, making users feel as if they're carrying 26 pounds less. The exoskeleton's AI algorithm goes beyond traditional machine learning, focusing on simulations and games, and ventures into a new frontier where technology directly enhances human capabilities. The researchers have embraced data-driven and physics-informed reinforcement learning, ensuring their wearable robots are not just smart but also intuitive. The exoskeleton is able to generate synergistic assistance across various activities, including walking, running, and stair-climbing. The experimental results have shown significant metabolic cost reduction for walking, running, and stair-climbing. While the exoskeleton's price is currently between $50,000 to $120,000, the researchers aim to make it more affordable in about one year, with a price range of $1,500 to $4,000. This AI-powered exoskeleton marks a major advancement in wearable robotics and has the potential to revolutionize the field of exoskeletons, making mobility no longer a barrier for individuals with mobility issues.