Inflatables can make exoskeletons ten time lighter while maintaining strength

Slashdot TV has a feature on Tim Swift at Otherlab Orthotics.

Otherlab is developing a new generation of robotic orthotics that are constructed entirely out of fabric. These devices omit the rigid materials used in traditional exoskeleton designs for inflatable structures using high-strength fabrics to greatly reduce part count and costs without sacrificing performance. The resulting orthotics systems provide power to weight ratios that are unmatched by existing exoskeleton systems at a fraction of the cost.

They are using inflatable systems to make exoskeletons ten times lighter while still maintaining power and strength.

Tim Swift has some description of his work at his linkedin profile

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