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New pelvic exoskeleton stops people from taking tumbles

Device shows promise in small trial of elderly and amputees

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9:00am, May 11, 2017
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GOT YOUR BACK  A new wearable robotic device aims to help those at risk of falling and injuring themselves find their balance.

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A wearable robot could prevent future falls among those prone to stumbles.

The new exoskeleton packs motors on a user’s hips and can sense blips in balance. In a small trial, the pelvic robot performed well in sensing and averting wearers’ slips, researchers report May 11 in Scientific Reports.

Exoskeletons have the potential to help stroke victims and people with spinal cord injuries walk again (SN: 11/16/13, p. 22) — and even kick soccer goals (SN Online: 6/12/14). But this new model focuses on a more ordinary aspect of the human condition: falling on your face or your rear. “Exoskeletons could really help in this case,” says study coauthor

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