And he doesn’t even break a sweat.
Our knees bear the burden of our everyday activities and are nearly always in motion, which makes them vulnerable to damage and pain. The most common cause of knee pain can strike you in your 30s just as readily as it can strike you in your 60s, and while some will go away on their own, others can be with you for the rest of your life, limiting the extent of your everyday movements.
In this video by Wired, Brent Rose, a tech journalist who has had knee problems, tests out a powered exoskeleton knee brace created by Roam Robotics, a company based on expanding human mobility with wearable robotics. The video serves as both a reminder of how far exoskeleton technology has progressed and a forecast of its bright future: It’s tough not to be impressed by the drastic change Rose goes through once he puts the brace on; he is able to carry the video’s producer up many flights of stairs and jump from a high platform while carrying 50 pounds on his shoulders. He barely breaks a sweat and does moves that would have landed him in months of physical therapy without losing the smile on his face. If you’re curious about the transformation, make sure you watch the video embedded above, and as always, enjoy!