Kinetic Step’s Russian military engineer has invented a biomechanical exoskeleton which provides an easy method of travelling, based on the principle of physical pendulum movement. While developing KineticStep, the key task was to give individuals a chance to walk as easily and efficiently as a wheel rolls. This would provide consumers with the opportunity to walk 2-3 times further than their usual walking distance, to maintain a fulfilling, active lifestyle. The Kinetic Step exoskeleton has been specially designed to enable individuals to walk great distances and carry heavy loads with almost no effort.
Despite this, having solved the main biomechanics problem (optimised transportation of the general center of an individual’s mass), the design based on pendulum mechanism interaction also revealed a number of positive effects applicable in medicine. Kinetic Step also aims to compensate for less abled consumers’ lost functionality, to increase strength, and to expand an individual’s range of movement through the use of external frames and actuators. The ability to walk without joint stress promises the possibility of exoskeleton-efficient use in cases of knee joint injuries or diseases. Through this, it will be able to give anyone and everyone the opportunity and ability to walk with relaxed legs, without bending their knees, and maintain a healthy and active life style.
The exoskeleton also has an array of health benefits. It allows individuals to walk two to three times further, while using the same amount of energy no matter if they are able-bodied or less able individuals. It also gives elderly, sick and injured people the opportunity to remain active, while reducing stress put on leg joints and the spinal column.