Lightweight exoskeletons and robotics arms could finally be the start of mainstream military enhancement

Lockheed Martin ONYX powered lower-body exoskeleton can increase mobility and reduce fatigue of its users. ONYX detects what the body is doing and provides support at the exact time it is needed. Sensors distributed on the exoskeleton report speed, direction, and angle of movement to an on-board computer that drives electro-mechanical actuators at the knees. …

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Liquid Piston gets more DARPA funding for 30KW engine 30 times smaller than todays engines

DARPA has awarded LiquidPiston an additional $2.5 million to continue development of its 30kW X4 rotary diesel engine prototype, bringing DARPA’s total funding of the engine technology to $6 million. When development of the fully packaged engine is complete, the 30kW X4 engine is expected to weigh just 30lbs and fit into a 10” box, …

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SuitX lowers cost of full body medical mobility exoskeleton to $40,000

The Phoenix exoskeleton is the world’s lightest and most advanced exoskeleton designed to help people with mobility disorders to be upright and mobile. In the clinic, at home, and in the workplace Phoenix has successfully enabled many individuals to stand up, walk about, and speak to peers eye-to-eye. Phoenix has only two actuators at its …

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NASA and Rice University create wearable exoskeleton for the shoulder

NASA’s Wearable Robotics Laboratory, in collaboration with Rice University, has used the technologies developed for the exoskeleton and the Space Suit Roboglove to help with rehabilitation and augmentation of one of the most complex human joints … the shoulder. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate supported the development of X1 and the Robo-glove through its Game …

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US Army testing FORTIS exoskeleton that will let soldiers climb with 180 pounds of gear

The US Army is testing the Lockheed Martin FORTIS exoskeleton. Using independent actuators, motors and lightweight conformal structures, lithium ion battery powered FORTIS allows soldiers to carry 180 pounds up five flights of stairs while expending less energy. There is a 2017 Youtube video of the FORTIS exoskeleon Learn More sale promocode In May 2017, …

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Exoskeleton motorized knees help soldiers carry heavy gear

Founded in 2010, B-TEMIA is a privately-owned dermoskeletic technology company. Based in Quebec City, Canada, B-TEMIA develops, manufactures and commercializes cutting-edge products in the growing market of human augmentation systems. B-TEMIA’s proprietary wearable Dermoskeleton™ technology provides the user with robotized mechanical support to restore, maintain or enhance the mobility of users, with applications in the …

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32 mph record for human body controlled jet engine powered suit

Richard achieved an impressive speed of 32.02 mph (51.53 km/h) on his third and final timed attempt, before dropping into the lake. By that point though it didn’t matter because Richard had made already history with Gravity’s game-changing invention.. Richard Browning, founder and chief test pilot of British tech company Gravity Industries has soared into …

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Sarcos Robotics has force multiplying robots and exoskeletons to boost productivity

Sarcos has a snake bot and force multiplying robotic arms. Guardian™ GT is a human-controlled, force-multiplying robotic system with one or two highly dexterous arms mounted on a track or wheeled base, allowing a single operator to do more, safely. Each arm is seven feet long. From basic labor-saving tasks like heavy lifting, to more …

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Robotic exosuit enhances human performance

What if you could improve your average running pace from 9:14 minutes/mile to 8:49 minutes/mile without weeks of training? Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University have demonstrated that a tethered soft exosuit can reduce the metabolic cost of running on …

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Comprehensive monitoring first and then better merging with equipment

The Army Research Lab is launching the Human Variability Project to gather massive amounts of biophysical data. Patrick Tucker at Defense One indicates that the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and their special operations forces are also funding research to collect biophysical data from soldiers, sailors, Marines, and pilots. The goal is to improve troops’ …

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