If you live in Michigan, you probably love getting outside and hiking (or running) through the woods. If you're like me, sometimes you do a little more than you should and you say to yourself, "Gee, I wish I had robotic shorts." Good news—somebody at Harvard has invented just that.

According to The Verge, researchers at Harvard have invented a battery-powered exosuit that's able to "assist the gluteal muscles in powering the legs." They've calculated that the "robotic shorts" have the energy saving effect equivalent to you being 12.6 pounds lighter while walking or 16.3 pounds lighter while running. The immediate reason for developing this is to assist soldiers who do a lot of hiking while carrying heavy loads. But they also hope the system "could one day help anyone with a disability that restricts walking."

Check out the story, with a video showing how it works, here.