Researchers at Harvard University and Boston University have developed a lightweight, soft robotic exosuit that improves gait in patients who have experienced a stroke.
In a small study of 9 patients who ranged from 9 months to more than 14 years poststroke, the exosuit worn on the partially paralyzed lower limb improved forward propulsion and ground clearance during treadmill and overground walking and reduced the energy required to walk. The research appeared in Science Translational Medicine.
Abbasi J. Lightweight Exosuit Could Help Patients Walk After Stroke. JAMA. 2017;318(10):898. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.13165