Wearable arm muscles could help overcome upper body injuries

Many medical exosuits are built to improve walking, but researchers at ETH Zurich might have a solution to improve your arm strength. They’ve developed the Myoshirt, a wearable arm exomuscle that can compensate for conditions and injuries affecting the upper body. The combination of vest and cuff uses sensors to detect your intended movements and cue a motor that shortens a cable running alongside your muscles. Effectively, you’re getting a supplemental tendon that provides additional power and endurance for whatever you’re doing.

Early tests have been positive. A dozen volunteers could perform exercises for much longer than usual, with endurance increasing 60 percent for a person with muscular dystrophy

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