May 11, 2017 | Esme, Contemporary Science Volunteer

It can happen to anyone, anywhere, but could falling over become a thing of the past? Maybe, with help from a new robotic exoskeleton.

This device detects changes in the way you walk that suggest you've begun to slip. It responds by providing a mild force to prevent you falling. And it's intelligent enough to adapt itself to any wearer.

I'm hopeful this technology will greatly improve independence and quality of life for those who are unsteady on their feet.

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The creators of the exoskeleton say it could be on sale within ten years.

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