Once they created their prototype, they tested it out with healthy human volunteers across different walking and running scenarios, including on a treadmill or while walking uphill.
The results of these experiments, published Thursday in Science, are modest but impressive.
“So we found a 9 per cent reduction in the energy consumption during walking and a 4 per cent reduction during running,” Malcolm said.
“There’s been higher reductions by other devices that assist only with walking, or only with running.
But there needs to be more research done to actually show that the exosuit can help the average person run longer or faster.
And there’s still ample room for improvement with the current design.