Hello everyone and Happy New Year! My team and I are currently working with Harvard iLabs on a suit that could enable people who lost the use of their legs because of a nerve disconnect to walk, and we would love your feedback on the concept. The idea is that we would make pants that have built-in electrodes that use electronic muscle stimulation to control various muscles and make the person walk. This would be controlled from a joystick or a control similar to that on a wheelchair, and when fully developed can enable one to control their legs to walk, turn, go up stairs, sit down, and possibly even run. This technology would be most effective for those who recently lost the use of their legs since it requires strong enough muscles to support their weight. Additionally, the pants would have built in sensors so there is a feedback loop that ensures balance.
We would love to hear your opinions on this technology, any issues you foresee or just general comments. Thank you so much!