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Using the stairs just got easier with energy-recycling steps


07/20/2017 10:09 AM EDT

assistive stairs

Researchers have created energy-recycling stairs that store a user’s energy during descent and return energy to the user during ascent, making walking up and down stairs easier. When going up, the stairs give people a boost by releasing the stored energy, making it 37 percent easier on the knee than using conventional stairs.

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Georgia Institute of Technology

This is an NSF News From the Field item.