New Exoskeleton Technologies

Posted by Ralph | 10:55 AM | ,

The Pentagon, and it's research facility, have decided on who will build it's new super soldier suit. This suit was designed by the Utah based Sarcos, whose site has absolutely no information on it at all.

The design apparently uses one internal combustion turbine engine and a tank containing a 24 hour fuel supply. The turbine engine will then drive high pressure hydraulic fluid to servo valves on each joint, amplifying the force used to move each limb when the wearer’s motion is sensed.I assume the suit uses the myo-electric sensors that are so promising as a technology to help the disabled population.

A few months ago, I covered a story about a battery powered, myoelectric sensor exoskeleon built in Japan named HAL-5. This suit very nearly summited the 13,741 foot Matterhorn while carrying a quyadriplegic, missing by only 500 yards.

You could say that "very nearly" is the same as not at all, but these suits will be so much better than any wheelchair could ever be, and when coupled with FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation,) Exoskeleton technology will blow the doors wide open for disabled people, and the militrary too.

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