Firstly, I cannot take credit for this project, but when a friend asked me for help putting together a wearable demo for their presentation at Siggraph, I was not going to say no.
You can "turn any EL (Electro-Luminescient) material into a touch sensor with no additional hardware. It's an open prototyping platform for wearable electronics! Open source and Arduino IDE compatible." — Kickstarter
"The past decade has seen the emergence of intelligent or powered orthotics in medical and military settings but their cost ( $100K+) still leaves them out of reach for most people and most markets. We believe our devices will be applicable in many different markets due to their light weight and low costs that are unrivaled by existing exoskeleton technologies. These performance improvements over conventional designs will provide applications in traditional exoskeleton applications like military load support or medical gait rehabilitation. The low cost opens new large volume markets that have yet to be considered for powered orthotics, including lift safety in light industrial environments and recreational use for consumer markets."
For the first time in history, we are bridging the gap between traditional robotic exoskeletons and tailored apparel. Using fabric based actuators, we are developing compliant robotic superstructures and pneumatic muscles that provide augmentation to human activity in a meaningful way.
"The soft exosuit transmits assistive torques to the wearer’s ankle joints without relying on rigid external structures. Motors, pulleys, and a battery pack are carried in a waist belt. The suit also has a wrap for each calf, four vertical straps (two per leg), sensors, and cables. The cables are attached to the material near each ankle joint; motors pull on the cables to help support the wearer’s movement. Some of this force is also transmitted through the vertical straps to the front of the waist belt to help with hip gait motion." — Conor Walsh, IEEE