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These are air-powered pants that are designed to help with leg joints

Posted By William E. On July 24, 2013 @ 6:50 AM In General Tech | No Comments

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Air powered pants designed to boost a user’s joint power have been developed by design students of the Royal College of Art in London.

The device is still in an early prototype stage and consists of a series of air bags connected to each other and placed over a user’s legs. It was initially intended to be geared toward the assistance of elderly persons with activities such as standing up from a sitting position. It is currently powered using an air compressor but it could be modified in the future to be operated through the use of a foot pump.

The design team which consists of Tanya Chong, Junior Ngwenya, Igor Safronov and Sangwoo Park are of the opinion that their design offers a more natural experience than previous bionic legs have done.

[via BBC [2]]

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