Do you face back pain very often? Here's a good news for you! Engineers in the US have designed a mechanised undergarment that will help in reducing muscle fatigue.
“People are often trying to capitalise on a huge societal problem with devices that are unproven or unviable,” said co-investigator Aaron Yang from Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, US.
“This smart clothing concept is different. I see a lot of health care workers or other professionals with jobs that require standing or leaning for long periods. Smart clothing may help offload some of those forces and reduce muscle fatigue,” Yang said.
The device was unveiled at the Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Brisbane, Australia, consists of two fabric sections, made of nylon canvas, Lycra, polyester and other materials, for the chest and legs.
The device is designed in such a way so that users can engage themselves with this only when they need it. A simple double tap to the shirt engages the straps. When the task is done, another double tap releases the straps so the user can sit down, and the device feels and behaves like normal clothes.
The device can also be controlled by an app that has been created by the team. Users tap their phones to engage the smart clothing wirelessly via Bluetooth. In experiments, the participants tested the device leaning forward and lifting 11-kg and 25-kg weights while holding their position at 30, 60 and 90 degrees.