Titan-Arm: Powered, Upper-Body Exoskeleton for Augmented Strength

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Mon, Nov 25th, 2013 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Titan Arm is a powered, upper body exoskeleton developed by students at the University of Pennsylvania designed to be used "in physical therapy and assistive mobility applications." Amazingly, "the prototype cost about $2,000 to make while similar robotic exoskeletons cost upwards of $100,000, [...]."

Unlike these other existing robotic arms, this one is ergonomic, non-invasive, wireless, battery-powered and affordable. The student team at Penn created the robotic exoskeleton Titan Arm for physical rehabilitation and super-human strength on the go. [...]

When donned, the Titan Arm augments arm strength by about 40 pounds, according to the team that created it. While not quite Iron Man level, the added strength can accelerate rehab for patients with back injuries. It could mean being able to lift heavy objects for work despite having an arm injury or disability. And the arm could aid search and rescue operations.

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