Robotic support can be useful if you suffer from muscular disease. But no one wants to look as if they are half-man, half-robot. Young people suffering from the muscular disease Duchenne, which affects one in 5,000 boys, often complain that their supports are too heavy and conspicuous. With them in mind, biomechanical engineer Dr Gerard Dunning developed the A-Gear robot arm. This spring-fitted tool that attaches to the body and is worn under the clothes can provide support to Duchenne patients in their day-to-day activities from the age of 10. Dunning received his doctorate for his design on 22 April. He developed the prototype with researchers from the University of Twente, VU University Medical Center and Radboud UMC.