Cool Wearable Technology: Seismic Super Suit Helps Old People Move

Posted: Jul 5 2018, 11:26pm CDT | by , in Technology News


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Cool Wearable Technology: Seismic Super Suit Helps Old People Move

Smart fashion helps people move.

Wearable Technology has been mostly about measuring our body functions. Seismic develops a Super Suit that helps us move. Humans live longer and longer, raising the issue of how to keep the quality of life up. Walking around without help is a big part of staying independent and self-controlled. Technology is a possible solution to keep moving even in high age.

Venture backed Seismic is developing activated smart clothes since 2016. Seismic is a spin-off from the non-profit research center SRI International. The company's super suit works with the wearer's muscles to help boost their power. The Seismic super suit helps boost the power of the wearer's muscles

The suit is powered by tiny motors, which contract the fabric in a way that mimics human muscle. These electric muscles are integrated into the clothing around the joints of the body and attached via grips in the clothing. The super suit basically adds another layer of muscles.

"Right now the only kinds of products that can help people are walkers and canes,” said Rich Mahoney, founder and CEO of Seismic to the BBC. (Wheelchairs are another aid, but the suit is aimed more at those whose mobility is reduced only slightly). “The other option is to stay home or to limit your activity. And most people choose that because they don't really want to associate themselves with those other kinds of products."

Seismic plans to launch the super suit at the end of the year in markets including the US, Japan and the UK.

The wearable technology and smart textile industry will come together next week at the Wearable Technologies conference 2018 in San Francisco, co-located with Semicon West 2018 in the Moscone Center. With code i4u you can save 15% on Wearable Technologies conference tickets.

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