If you know someone who has trouble getting around, technology will soon come to their rescue. Superflex has created a new suit that helps people get around.
The startup, based in California, designed the Aura powered suit which reportedly offers extra muscle strength for the elderly or disabled. The suit isn’t meant to be worn over clothes, it was designed to have direct contact with your body and helps increase mobility, according to The Verge.
The suit has hexagonal pods that contain batteries, control boards and elastic muscle technology. It’s able to track a person’s posture and movement, then uses those insights to help a person sit, stand, lean forward in a chair and complete other actions. All in all, it makes moving in general a whole lot easier.
The technology, smart material that behaves like human muscle, was originally developed by SRI International at a robotics lab under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grant. It was first created to help decrease the number of injuries soldiers experienced from carrying such heavy equipment.
“We’re calling it ‘intelligent wearable strength,’” Rich Mahoney, Superflex’s co-founder chief executive officer, told The Verge.
He went on to say that the team behind the suit was made up of both robotics pros along with textile and fashion designers.
The Aura Powered suit is expected to hit shelves in the middle of next year.
Check out the video below to see it in action: