Researchers at Harvard University have come up with a new algorithm designed to help calibrate assistive devices to how the user walks so that energy can be saved.
A team at the US university claims that its new algorithm is able to determine a user’s needs by analysing their movement for just 20 minutes.
It is hoped the research will help mobility providers to advance their assistive devices.
Harvard Biodesign Lab has even come up with its own mobility solution which is a form of exosuit. It is using the algorithm in conjunction with its own equipment to look at signals such as how a user steps, their breathing and psychological cues.
The team insists that the energy saved by such analysis can amount to more than 17%, which in turn, it believes, will help suppliers to develop better mobility aids, including exosuits.