Sumary of Exoskeletons have a problem: They can strain the brain:
- The study, published recently in the journal Applied Ergonomics, found that when people wore exoskeletons while performing tasks that required them to think about their actions, their brains worked overtime and their bodies competed with the exoskeletons rather than working in harmony with them.
- “It’s almost like dancing with a really bad partner,” said William Marras, senior author of the study, professor of integrated systems engineering and director of The Ohio State University Spine Research Institute.
- ” For the study, researchers asked 12 people — six men and six women — to repeatedly lift a medicine ball in two 30-minutes sessions.
- The researchers used infrared sensors to evaluate the participants’ brain activity and measured the force on each participant’s lower back during each session.