Bionic Boot: Human-Powered Exoskeleton
A team of scientists has proposed a technology to create a device that will allow people to run almost twice as fast as they can naturally..
Studies show that the average person runs short distances at a speed of 24 km / h, and the current record holder Usain Bolt was able to accelerate to 44.3 km / h (12.3 m / s). In order to move faster on their own, people use various mechanisms, such as a bicycle. However, scientists from Vanderbilt University argue that a person can move on their feet at the speed of a cyclist if they use a device with springs that push him into the air for a while..
Their idea is to create a kind of exoskeleton., attaching to the body. Each leg should have springs that will stretch as the knee is extended. In the process of lengthening the spring will begin to accumulate energy, which will be released along with the natural contraction of the muscles when pushing off the foot. Mechanism will increase the bounce off the ground, and will begin to move the person forward faster than usual.
Simulations have shown that such a device will allow people to run almost twice as fast. However, to translate this idea into reality, it will be necessary to develop a new durable material that can hold enough energy to implement the concept..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Vanderbilt University, phlebolog