Indian engineering student builds real-life walking Iron Man suit
The cheapest of exoskeletons cost thousands of dollars, but that could stand to change with the new creation by an Indian engineering student who has built a low cost wearable walking-assist. A real-life walking Iron Man suit, this is created by Vimal Govind Manikandan, of MES College of Engineering in Kerala. The battery-powered, functional exoskeleton is capable of lifting heavy objects, and is built on a budget of $750 (approx. ₹50,000).
Vimal has described in his award winning paper (PDF) that his team of engineering students have developed new way to control a walking suit. The paper was adjudged the best at ICMM 2016 conference in Singapore and is slated to be published in International Journal of Mechanical and Robotics Research.
An Indian engineering student designed a low-cost wearable robot that can lift up to 330 pounds. https://t.co/Xo4AUzOPgO
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Based on this research, Vimal has built the Iron Man-themed exoskeleton that is capable of lifting up to 330 pounds (approx. 150 kg).
The robotic suit, that Vimal loves to wear, weighs 220 pounds (about 100 kg). He hopes to see his technology being used for industrial weightlifting, defense purposes and material handling in the near future.
This Iron Man suit is not Vimal’s first built. He has built a giant robotic suit previously (video below).