Researchers Develop Exoskeleton Doubling Running Speed
A team of scientists proposed a technology to create a device that will allow people to run almost twice as fast as possible in a natural way.
According to studies, over a short distance, the average person runs at a speed of 24 km / h, and 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 claim that a person will be able to move on his feet at the speed of a cyclist if he uses a device with springs that repel him in the air for a while.
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Their idea is to create a kind of exoskeleton attached to the body. Each leg should have springs that will stretch when the knee joint 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 the foot. The mechanism will strengthen the rebound from the ground, and will begin to propel the person forward faster than usual.
Simulations have shown that such a device will allow people to run almost twice as fast. However, to put this idea into practice, it will be necessary to develop a new durable material that can hold enough energy to implement the concept.
, Vanderbilt University, phlebolog