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Here’s som e next-level technology, literally. Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University in Atlanta have developed ‘high-tech stairs’ that absorb your energy when you descend and release it when you ascend. As website tells us, this ‘recycling’ makes the ascent easier, reducing force on the ankle by 26 per cent and knee by 37 per cent—a boon for silvers and the differently abled. The technology, which works with the help of latched springs, was the brainchild of Karen Liu, an associate professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing; she got the idea after watching her 72 year-old mother struggle to climb stairs. “Current solutions for people who need help aren’t very affordable,” she tells the website. “Elevators and stair lifts are often impractical to install at home. Low-cost, easily installed assistive stairs could be a way to allow people to retain their ability to use stairs and not move out of their homes.” The study was published in journal PLOS ONE.

Photo: Yun Seong Song et al 2017
Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
October 2017