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Wearable Robots

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Look Inside Wearable Robots offer alternatives to amputees, workers, and people suffering from paralysis.  Wearable Robots sense and anticipate wearer's movements while engaging a system of hydraulics to power the movements. Correlates with STEM instruction. Includes glossary, websites, and bibliography for further reading.

New technological feats appear daily. It seems no idea is impossible to scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs, who help develop and bring these ideas to market. Tech Bytes explores these amazing new technologies and how they are changing the way people perform everyday tasks. Explore the precursors of these inventions, what problems had to be solved along the way, and how these technologies are changing the way we do things and live.

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    Carla Mooney
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    Technology & Engineering

From paralyzed Juliano Pinto kicking a soccer ball at the FIFA World cup to Gene Laureano being able to walk on his own again, wearable robots have changed the lives of many people in recent times. This book stands out with four fascinating chapters detailing how wearable robots have advanced through time, improved society, and benefited individuals.

In the beginning of the book, the author provides a historical perspective and then skillfully presents current efforts and results. In the final chapter she explores future ideas and endeavors. Another extraordinary feature of this book is that it incorporates stunning action photography. Some of these include vivid pictures of employees at Cyberdyne, Inc. using hybrid assisted limbs to walk across a busy street, a patient undergoing gait rehabilitation, and a worker lifting heavy loads without extra strain. These photographs allow readers to conjure exact images of real–life situations.

This book serves as a great introduction to robotic exoskeleton and the benefits of wearable robots. Its usefulness in STEM instruction is clear since students can analyze current technology, view how wearable robots are created, and investigate the patterns and precision involved. Additionally, students can create timelines to show major advancements and complete compare/contrast diagrams to reflect similarities and differences. The material is especially appropriate for middle and high school students. The section that provides references for more information will definitely propel students to view current videos and visit other websites. Indeed, the future of robotic exoskeletons is promising—can’t wait to find out when astronauts will be using wearable robots in outer space to keep them healthy! This book is highly recommended.
NSTA October 2016

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