17 May 2012
Wearable exoskeleton gives you superhero strength
by Megan Meagher
The Tokyo University of Science has developed a lightweight exoskeleton which allows you to carry up to 88 pounds with little to no effort. The device is set for commercial release next year, just in time for anyone moving into a 5th floor walk-up in NYC.
"Created by professor Hiroshi Kobayashi and his team of experts, the exoskeleton is affixed to the hips and shoulders by straps and a padded waistband, while its A-shaped frame is equipped with four pneumatic artificial muscles (lightweight rubber blades encased in mesh) that contract when pressurized air is pumped in and can exert up to 30 kilograms of instant support for extra strenuous tasks. The frame is specially designed to augment the functions of the arms and back specifically in tasks that require heavy lifting, such as commerce or nursing."
16 May 2012