The new exoskeleton will help people with limited mobility move around. And for this you do not need an external controller or application.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo of Canada have updated the prosthetic and exoskeleton system to use cameras and artificial intelligence (AI) to move people more naturally. The ExoNet project has a video captured by an AI-powered camera. The device monitors how people adapt to special movements, depending on the environment.
The project is an attempt to create a system for more natural movement of people with disabilities. It performs better than current systems with connected smartphone apps or other external controllers.
“Previous systems are inconvenient and too demanding,” the scientists note. “Now, every time you want to perform a new musculoskeletal activity, you have to stop, take out your smartphone and select the desired mode.”
The new research focuses on robotic exoskeletons that are being developed to help people with musculoskeletal disorders. Their goal is for the ExoNet system to replace external user control.
However, scientists point out that they still have a lot to do. The new system is easier to navigate on level ground. The next steps include adapting it to conditions that tend to make it difficult for people with reduced mobility to move, including stairs and other obstacles. The final version of the system will be able to anticipate and adapt accordingly.
“Our approach to management does not require human involvement,” the researchers noted. “Like autonomous cars that drive themselves, we are developing autonomous exoskeletons that go by themselves.”