A high-tech twist on an old idea – running on springs – could give human-powered movement its biggest boost in more than a century.
Billions of people already have 'superhero powers' like the ability to see things far away and summon their friends from far-flung locations. Next up? Enhanced physical abilities.
'The Right Trousers' combine soft artificial muscles and electric stimulation to get people moving.
For those with reduced mobility and even just the normally aging, stairs can pose a big problem. A cheap and efficient new prototype could help.
People will still be needed on factory floors, even as robots become more common. Future operators will have technical support and be super-strong, super-smart and constantly connected.
Stroke patients need therapy to recover, but there are not enough human therapists to meet the need. Can robots help?
How soft robotics could help paralysed people walk again without the need for clunky equipment.