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Robotic exoskeleton could help prevent falls in the elderly


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Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among the elderly.

Active Pelvis Orthosis (APO) consists of a waist brace holding motors connected to thigh braces via lightweight carbon-fiber links.

Algorithm monitors leg movement and applies force to help the legs counteract a potential slip.

After the start of a slip, the APO reacts within a third of a second.

The study was published in the Scientific Reports journal.

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Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

Special-statute public research university located in Pisa, Italy..

Scientific Reports

Scientific Journal providing information from all areas of the natural sciences.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

University that specializes in natural sciences and engineering.