Tagged: Robotic suit

Indian engineering student builds real-life walking Iron Man suit

Vimal Govind Manikandan 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). Read More…

Superflex robotic suit learns wearer’s movement to kick in power when needed

superflex exoskeleton

Scientists around the world have been working on powered clothing that’ll make people’s lives easier. Exosuits or exoskeletons, if you may, are on the forefront of this future. Not really sure if hard metal suits can be categorized as clothing, but the way these exosuits are becoming lightweight and soft, they are steadily entering the spree to help those with limited mobility get back to normalcy. Following the heels of Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, a team of researchers at SRI International are working on Superflex – a soft exoskeleton that can learn how the wearer moves wearing it.

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Thought controlled robotic suit introduced by Cyberdyne

Cyberdyne though controlled exoskeleton suit

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Cyberdyne, a Japanese robot making company has made a thought controlled robotic suit that it released yesterday. This robotic exoskeleton suit is in-line with their existing expertise of making robotic limbs, joints, exoskeleton suits and cleaning robots. The current version is however one step ahead of all its other robotic products. A mind controlled suit that detects the user’s brainwave signals running through the skin, and then translates them into the right kind of movement like lifting objects or moving forward.
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Paraplegic Juliano Pinto kicks-off FIFA World Cup 2014 in mind-controlled exoskeleton suit

Paraplegic Juliano Pinto kicks-off FIFA World Cup 2014 in mind-controlled exoskeleton suit

As promised a few months ago, the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil saw a very tech savvy start to the event as Juliano Pinto, a 29 year old paraplegic kicked off proceedings. At the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Juliano performed the official kick-off of football’s biggest extravaganza using the mind-controlled exoskeleton suit named as Bra-Santos Dumont (meaning Brazil and Alberto Santos-Dumont), and is developed by a team of researchers led by Brazilian neuroscientist Dr. Miguel Nicolelis.
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Ekso Suit: A 3D printed Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton with customized structure

Ekso Suit - A 3D printed Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton

We have had our fair share of bionic exoskeleton contrivances, but nothing (arguably) comes close to the level of conscientiousness displayed by the above pictured Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton. Fueled by the collaborative effort of the world’s largest 3D printer company – 3D Systems, and Ekso-Bionics, the so-named 3D Ekso Suit is custom tailored to ergonomically fit its subject. The ‘subject/test pilot’ for this fascinating endeavor was Amanda Boxtel, an outdoor enthusiast who unfortunately met with a serious injury in Aspen almost 12 years ago. The freak accident left her paralyzed from waist down, thus making her biologically unable to walk. But every story has a silver lining; the hybrid Exoskeleton robotic suit auspiciously came to the rescue, just like in a science fictional work. In fact, the advanced setup not only allowed her to stand with a nigh perfect posture, but also made her gloriously walk throughout the city of Budapest.

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Paralyzed teen to kick-off proceedings at 2014 FIFA World Cup wearing brain-controlled exoskeleton suit

Paralyzed teen to kick-off proceedings at 2014 FIFA World Cup wearing brain-controlled exoskeleton suit

This year’s FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil could see a grand never before seen inaugural ceremony and the first kick to set off the event could be even better. Going by the tech savvy times we are in, 2014 FIFA World Cup could see a paralyzed Brazilian teenager wearing a mechanical exoskeleton controlled by brain and kick-off the ball. The exoskeleton will be actuated by motorized metal braces that are stabilized by gyroscopes and powered by a battery carried by the wearer in the backpack. To train the lucky kid on using this exoskeleton months of training on the virtual simulator will be given so that the teen will deliver the perfect kick at the at the start of FIFA 2014. This whole imagination is a part of the Walk Again Project headed by Brazilian neuroscientist at Duke University who has put a lot of hard work into the mind-controlled robotic suit.
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