“In theory they’re giving you an extra push, so you should be using less of your own energy. But the problem is that humans are so different from one to another, and some of us actually try to fight against the exoskeleton,” Zhang tells The Verge. “But the difficulty is not the device, it’s the fact that the human body is so complicated.”
The solution proposed by Zhang and her team in a paper published in Science today is an algorithm that automatically adjusts the exoskeleton to the wearer’s body. The researchers tested their method with an ankle exoskeleton designed to help volunteers walk more easily. The exoskeleton clips onto the shin and foot, with a motor and a pulley system lifting up the back of the heel with every step.
Our students, no matter who they are, are not average. Each one has their strengths and weaknesses, and as teachers, we need to constantly adjust our teaching style and questioning to meet the student’s needs. But, that isn’t all we should do. We should also be giving our student’s the skills to differentiate the work themselves. There are many technological tools that are available to help students understand materials (such as summarizing with http://freesummarizer.com/ or using Wolfrom Alpha to crunch data).