Soft Exosuit Economies: Understanding the Costs of Lightening the Load

Publication Title
WYSS Institute
Publication/Creation Date
January 18 2017
Persuasive Intent
Harvard’s soft exosuit team provided first proof-of-concept results showing that its wearable robot could lower energy expenditure in healthy people walking with a load on their back. Made of functional textiles, cable-based actuation and a biologically-inspired control system, the exosuit targets specific leg joints – instead of the full leg – and delivers assistance that is synchronized with the wearer’s walking mechanics in individuals ranging from people that carry heavy loads to people that are disabled by stroke or other health complications.
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Hip, Ankle, Calf, Heel, Leg, Thigh
Marketing Keywords

Related Objects
Soft Robotic Exosuit
Date archived
February 6 2017
Last edited
March 19 2019
How to cite this entry
Harvard University, Conor Walsh, John L. Loeb. (January 18 2017). "Soft Exosuit Economies: Understanding the Costs of Lightening the Load". WYSS Institute. Wyss Institute For Biologically Inspired Engineering. Fabric of Digital Life.