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Reducing the metabolic rate of walking and running with a versatile, portable exosuit

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Science  16 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6454, pp. 668-672
DOI: 10.1126/science.aav7536

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Lowering locomotion's metabolic cost

Walking and running require different gaits, with each type of motion putting a greater bias on different muscles and joints. Kim et al. developed a soft, fully portable, lightweight exosuit that is able to reduce the metabolic rate for both running and walking by assisting each motion via the hip extension (see the Perspective by Pons). A waist belt holds most of the mass, thus reducing the cost of carrying the suit. By tracking the motion of the user, the suit is able to switch modes between the two types of motion automatically.

Science, this issue p. 668; see also p. 636

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