ETH Zurich has created a wearable muscle or “exomuscle” that can give extra strength to its wearer. It was primarily developed for patients with muscle impairments, but can also help healthy people by providing additional movement endurance.
myoshirt is worn by humans, and its artificial muscle fibers (a cable) run parallel to the wearer’s muscles. Sensors and intelligent algorithms pull the synthetic fibers together as the user moves for added strength. The company calls the cable an “artificial tendon.”
The system is designed to put the wearer in control, ETH Zurich says, and it’s possible to adjust the strength to suit the user’s preferences. This particular setup helps with arm and shoulder movement and you can see the type of movement assisted in the video below.
I like that the system is intuitive and does not require large equipment, as is often the case with professional medical therapy equipment. According to ETH Zurich, all testers found the device easy to use and all (impaired or healthy) demonstrated some benefits.
This is still a lab prototype, but the next step is to test it outside of the lab. It can be assumed that it will take a while (and a lot of paperwork) before this can become a medical device for everyday patients. However, it is a very promising clue that could lead to more future innovations.
For patients who no longer have the strength to lift things like a gallon of milk or other everyday objects, such a device could be life-changing. More in Nature (subscription required)
Researchers at ETH Zurich have a #portable textile #exomuscle which serves as an extra layer of muscle. They aim to use it to increase the size of the upper body #Strength and #Persistence by people with disabilities #Mobility. #myshirt https://t.co/0kl8X4NkkD pic.twitter.com/roaiktydGY
— ETH Zurich (@ETH_de) June 23, 2022
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