roam robotics have revealed a robotic powered exoskeleton designed to superpower your knees during skiing and snowboarding. the wearable technology straps onto the users thigh, connected to a backpack, and is designed to aid mobility.

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the exoskeleton uses sensors which pick up on the users intent, automatically adjusting torque at the knee via air actuators, effectively mimicking the quadricep muscles. the device is fully programmable and automated but with manual overrides thus always keeping user in control. wearers can use a partnering app to set their preferred mode and keep track of performance statistics.

 

with the exoskeleton skiers roam robotics say skiers will be able to take on more challenging terrain, make stronger turns, or simply minimise the strains and pains. as well as offering additional support the braces absorb shock. the company is currently in prototype stage although their first commercial devices are intended to be available for rent and sale in january 2019. to buy they will cost skiers around $2,000-$2,500.

 

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