A robotic exoskeleton to support elderly people with weak arms is being developed by Japanese researchers.
Yoshiyuki Sankai at the University of Tsukuba near Tokyo, claims to have developed an exoskeleton that can improve the strength and utility of an ageing arm.
The researcher has revealed that the device consists of a tabard worn over the shoulders with a motorised exoskeleton for one arm attached.
According to New Scientist magazine, the new device can sense the angle, torque and nerve impulses in the arm.
Based on what it senses, says Sankai, the exoskeleton assists the user to move his or her shoulder and elbow joints.