For some time the professional scenario of the race has worked closely with technology companies to file microseconds of the performance of the most outstanding athletes in the category.
While much of this effort is focused on more aerodynamic and sweat-suiting suits or sneakers with the perfect footprint for each type of foot, Harvard engineers have decided to take another route to deal with this challenge: a robotic bermuda that can eliminate minutes – Yes, minutes! – of a marathon.
The design of these American researchers is much larger than that of the technological garment. This does not prevent shorts from being used to strengthen the stride and strengthen the leg and waist muscles of the aisle. With mechanical help, it is possible to simultaneously add strength to the exercise and reduce the athlete’s energy expenditure by about 5.4%.
An interesting point raised in the project documentation is that a number of tests and prototypes have been done. When the goal is to achieve better performance or efficiency or to simulate or broaden the way the human body functions is not enough. Proof of this is that by changing the moment when the impact of the strides is applied to the hip, scientists simply doubled the effectiveness of the wearable gadget.
Of course, an accessory such as these would hardly be accepted in the professional environment, since it is a much more active aid than that of traditional equipment and clothing. In addition, it is worth mentioning that all the operation of the “exobermuda” depends on a source of energy nothing practical for long walks: an electric cable.
The initiative is currently supported by DARPA and other companies, which indicates that its end use can be both recreational and on the battlefield.