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Soft Exosuits for Back Support During Strenuous Tasks
Over half a million workers in the manufacturing and construction industries are injured on the job each year, resulting in an estimated direct cost of $13.8 billion. Occupational back pain is the leading cause of injury and accounts for one-third of all musculoskeletal injuries, resulting in a median of eight days of missed work. Discussions...
Video/AnimationHow can we restore mobility to the sick and injured?Researchers at the Wyss Institute are working to improve treatment outcomes for patients suffering from reduced mobility. This video focuses on two platform technologies that could improve the quality of life for these patients: stochastic resonance and wearable soft robotics. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University
Video/AnimationReimagining Robots to be Smaller, Softer, and SaferWyss Associate Faculty members, Conor Walsh and Rob Wood, discuss their visions for the future of bio-inspired soft robotics. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University
Video/AnimationSoft Robots Aiding the Elderly and People with Physical ImpairmentsAn interdisciplinary team at Harvard University School of Engineering and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University is building soft robots for older adults and people with physical impairments. Examples of these robots are the Assistive Hip Suit and Soft Robotic Glove, both of which have been included in the 2021-2022 Smithsonian Institution exhibit entitled “FUTURES.”...
Audio/PodcastTechnology and Biology brought together in BiomechanicsWearable technology and robotics are two rehabilitation methods used to help those with limited mobility regain movement. Paolo Bonato, PhD, Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Wyss Institute Associate Faculty member, discusses the role of innovative technology in rehabilitation in this ThinkResearch episode from the Harvard Catalyst.
Video/AnimationScience Nation: Engineering soft robots for paradigm shift in rehabilitationThis video was produced by the National Science Foundation: Tim Gatautis suffered a spinal cord injury in a swimming accident nearly a decade ago and he’s had to use a wheelchair ever since. Gatautis would like to be able to do more for himself, which brings him to the Wyss Institute and the Biodesign Lab...