New Robotic Suit Gives Its Wearer Superhuman Strength - The New Indian Express

New Robotic Suit Gives Its Wearer Superhuman Strength

Published: 09th March 2014 06:03 PM

Last Updated: 09th March 2014 06:03 PM

          London, Mar 9 (PTI) An Italian company claims to have    developed the "world's most sophisticated" wearable robot that    enables users to lift up to 50kg in each hand, and the    exoskeleton could be used by disaster workers to clear debris.                Italian engineers said the wearable robot, called the    "Body Extender", is the most sophisticated built in the world    to date.             Developed at the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (Percro)    in Italy, the robot can lift 50kg in each extended hand and    can exert 10 times the force the user applies to an object.             "This is the most complex wearable robot that has been    ever built in the world," said Percro's Fabio Salsedo who led    the project.                "It's a device which is able to track the complex    movement of the human body and also to amplify the force of    the operator," Salsedo said.    The device has arms and legs and is suspended by ropes    from a metal frame. Its only other tether is a thick umbilical    cable plugged into its back, 'BBC News' reported.            The machine has 22 degrees of freedom each actuated with    an electric motor, and is made up of modular components, which    means the robot can be easily rebuilt to suit the application.               "There are several possible applications. For example if    you have to assemble a very complex product like an aircraft,    this is a machine which is very flexible. You can lift the    panel, rotate it and position it in the right position,"    Salsedo said.                "Another application is the rescue of victims in case of    an earthquake. You need something very flexible in order to    intervene rapidly without damaging the victim," Salsedo added.    PTI RCL AKJ    RCL    03091502                    


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