Created exoskeleton “Superman”




Created exoskeleton “Superman”

Created battery exoskeleton, which increases the possibility of human hands. The novelty is relatively inexpensive and is assembled from components available.

Exoskeleton, named Titan, by a group of graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, which last year chose a rather complicated project that would be interesting and useful. Students drew attention to the fact that there are quite a few projects of exoskeletons for the lower extremities, that is, devices that facilitate walking. However, such devices arms labs developing unit, and mainly for military purposes.

As a result, the students set about making the exoskeleton for the upper extremities and succeeded in doing so, won the annual student competition for the James Dyson Award. For the first 9 years of the competition the prize won an American student team.

While development is, of course, not mass product, but only a prototype. One of the projects of mechanical arms, that inspired the students, was a product of Japanese engineers. But Japanese exoskeleton requires a compressor which pumps air into the pneumatic muscle. This compressor is too cumbersome, and the students wanted to create a portable and mobile device, so we decided to use an electric drive powered by a rechargeable battery.

In its current form the exoskeleton-arm at the elbow Titan develops strength in the 18 kg. Drive joint made by the motor by means of cables and blocks – one of the most simple and reliable embodiment of the system. Titan, together with the battery pack can be placed on the back. The cost of all the details of the exoskeleton was about $ 2 million that devices such purposes is very cheap.

The developers believe that the Titan will be useful for rehabilitation, such as people with stroke. Sometimes such patients are difficult to hold in your hand is not very heavy objects: a frying pan or a bottle of water.


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