This robotic exoskeleton could help prevent falls in the elderly.

This robotic exoskeleton could help prevent falls in the elderly.

Researchers in Italy and Switzerland have developed a prototype device that can detect a slip in progress and help its wearer avoid falling. If perfected, a system like this could one day help millions of elderly people and amputees maintain balance and avoid serious tumbles. Researchers are trying to take preventive action with powered exoskeletons—braces for the legs with motorized joints that assist while walking.

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