Smart Undergarment to Prevent Back Pain |

Engineers at Vanderbilt University have developed a smart undergarment that supports the back during lifting tasks, to reduce the risk of back injury. The team recently unveiled the technology at the Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Brisbane, Australia.

“I’m sick of Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne being the only ones with performance-boosting supersuits. We, the masses, want our own,” says Karl Zelik, Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering. “The difference is that I’m not fighting crime. I’m fighting the odds that I’ll strain my back this week trying to lift my 2-year-old.”

The garment consists of two sections, one worn on the chest and another on the legs, that are connected with straps containing rubber segments at the back and glutes. Users can engage the straps right before they lift something, by tapping on the shirt twice.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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