One of the biggest problems for people with disabilities is the cost of producing specialized devices for a small market: such as clunky, heavy motorized wheelchairs.
But when there are multiple uses for something (a wider market), there’s a better possibility it will be produced at a lower price and higher quality.
Researchers are working on making a soft exoskeleton that is lightweight, cost-effective, and efficient. It will have uses, not only for people with disabilities, but also for the military and industry. The larger market will mean faster development. And that is good news for seniors and people with disabilities who could benefit from the devices.
The creators got there by asking the right questions. What questions are you asking when you attempt to address problems?