Joint stiffness is replicated by the suit’s arm and leg braces, while leg straps limit how fast you can walk. A helmet helps mimic spinal compression while a neck brace reduces spine rotation and extension. Goggles and earplugs reduce vision and hearing.

Researchers said the the suit was designed to provide insight into the physical effects of aging. An AgeLab video explains “as demographics shift, we need to fully understand the needs of an aging population to design a future that is accessible and engaging for people of every age.”