Harvard develops algorithm to improve assistive tech efficiency by 17%

Image credit: Harvard Biodesign Lab

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.

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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.

Harvard’s exosuit

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.



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