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The Future of Exoskeletons: Lighter Loads, Limbs and More

New developments in exoskeleton technology promise to improve the performance of artificial limbs and lessen loads carried by soldiers

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IN STRIDE: The goal is to by the summer of 2008 have a limited market release of the robotic ankle, whose development was funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.....[ More ]

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RISING TO THE OCCASION: Powered by a rechargeable battery, the iWalk robotic ankle propels users forward using sensors and tendon-like springs, relieving the hip of having to draw the leg forward as most prostheses require.....[ More ]

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MILITARY MIGHT: The U.S. Department of Defense evaluated prototypes of Berkeley Bionics' exoskeletons for possible military use.....[ More ]

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HEAVY LIFTING: Berkeley Bionics' ExoHiker is designed to help carry loads of up to 150 pounds during long military missions. The device can travel up to 42 miles at an average speed of 2.5 mph using a one-pound lithium polymer battery.....[ More ]

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GOT YOUR BACK: The MIT Media Lab exoskeleton, powered by a 48-volt battery pack, uses an onboard computer, weighs 11.7 kg (about 26 pounds) and requires 2 Watts of electrical power during loaded walking.....[ More ]

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WALK THIS WAY: Scientists at MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics Group have developed an exoskeleton that promises to not only lessen the load of weary travelers but also to advance research that will ultimately lead to robotic limbs that improves the strength and mobility of amputees.....[ More ]

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