ATOUN Inc., an in-house venture system of Panasonic established since 2003, has announced a new Power Assist Suit designed to take the load off the wearer’s hip. Designated ATOUN MODEL Y (which has no relation to Tesla’s upcoming ride, btw), this 4.4 kg (9.7 lbs) load-bearing exoskeleton suit is 40 percent lighter over the Nara Prefecture-based company’s Model A (7.4 kg, or 16 lbs) introduced two years ago. The significant weight reduction is made possible by substituting the metal frame with resin, and reducing the size of the motors and batteries. Continue reading Panasonic’s ATOUN Launches New Power Assist Suit For The Hip
Caring for your employees means doing more than just paying the correct wages and on time; it includes looking after their wellbeing such as, for example, taking the load off their shoulders when moving heavy objects, like what Lowe’s did and is doing for some of the company’s stock employees. The American home improvement retail chain’s Innovation Labs has teamed up with Virginia Tech College of Engineering to develop an exosuit that will help employees to lift and move product through the stores with less strain. Continue reading Lowe’s Stock Employees Go High-tech With Specially Developed Exosuits
By now, videos of an Indonesian man who created a working robotic arm have gone viral. Now, a story of a man and a robotic arm created out of scraps is not farfetched at all but the thing with Tawan’s creation is, the supposed robotic arm is, wait for this… mind-controlled. Meaning, it has a EEG-like headband that will be make the arm do his bidding if he focus hard enough. We would love to believe that EEG could be cobbled up in your backyard without any computer programming knowledge which obviously this Tawan is not equipped with. Continue reading Indonesian Stroke Victim Creates Mind-controlled Robotic Arm, But How Far Is It From The Truth?
If you ever played first person shooter set in a near-future world, then you will be familiar with high-tech soldiers like Master Chief. So why am I referring to a game like HALO? Well, cos’ the suit you see here, dubbed TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit), looks like one that could only come out of military sci-fi games or movies. This advanced armored exoskeleton suit was a U.S. Special Operations Command initiative, jointly developed by universities, laboratories and the tech industry, including Military equipment maker, Vermont-based Revision Military. Continue reading Future U.S. Soldiers Will Look Pretty Much Like HALO’s Master Chief
Thanks to invention like the Bionic Boot you see here, achieving the speed of Usain Bolt won’t be a pipe dream. Not only there’s a possibility of besting the world’s fastest man, you can do it for a sustained distance. Invented by a Keahi Seymour, this pair of aptly-named human power enhancing boots is actually non-powered for now and even so, it is said that it will allow any wearer to reach a top speed of 25 mph (with some practise, we presume). Keahi’s invention drew its inspiration from ostrich’s achilles tendon and uses rubber tension springs to store energy with each stride you made, releasing them to enable a longer stride and achieving better energy recoil – all which translates to faster running. Keahi didn’t go into detail about jumps, but we assume it could jump higher than normal person with ease due to the ability to store and release energy. Continue reading This Pair of Bionic Boot Will Turn You into a Real-life Bionic Man
humans are pretty capable creatures, but our ability to exploit is limited to our human strength. that, we have overcame with machines, which are cool but kind of limits our maneuverability. this gives rise to another mankind’s dream: to have superhuman strength like what Iron Man suits gave Tony Stark – which engineers will attempt to achieve through exoskeleton (which is basically what Iron Man suit really is). recently, we have read about a shipyard in South Korea trialling such technology and now, the U.S. Navy is getting ready have a go with it. the Defense Department has recently procured a pair of such exoskeleton suits developed by Bethesda-based contractor Lockheed Martin to be deployed with U.S. Navy for ship maintenance related works. Continue reading U.S. Navy Acquires Lockheed Martin FORTIS Exoskeleton Suits For Ship Maintenance Works
while most desk bound folks are encourage to stand when the work on their computer, other folks whose jobs required them to stand all day long would probably wish for the opposite. due to the nature of some jobs, seats may do more harm to the work than good. therein lies the long term health hazard, which Noonee Chairless Chair aims to eliminate. Noonee is a start-up project from Bio-Inspired Robotics at ETH Zurich specializing in the field of simple assistive devices and Chairless Chair is their proposed solution for ‘chairs not allow’ situations. in essence, Chairless Chair is what it says it is. it is a chair, but doesn’t quite take the form of a chair which would otherwise takes up space or worst, contributes to shop floor hazard. Continue reading Chairless Chair Is A Half Exoskeleton That Lets You Sit Anywhere, At The Height Of Your Choosing
GoRigIt Turns Your GoPro Into A Point-and-Shoot Camera
fancy using your GoPro as a point-and-shoot camera? well, now you can with the GoRigIt Case for iPhone. the case features a special mount to fit your GoPro camera, so that you can frame your and review your footages right there and then. it also fits almost any GoPro mount too. from $49. BUY.
CaseCam Wants To Be The Ultimate Selfie iPhone Case With Kickstand
forget about selfie stick, CaseCam puts the ultimate selfie accessory into an iPhone case. it uses a kickstand-mirror to prop up your device, while an adjustable timer let you capture the selfie as you and your group poses. you can also use another device to remotely preview and take the pictures too. from $25. BUY.
U.S. Army Working On Palm-sized Miniature Drones For Squad-sized Units
Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet weighs in at mere 16g is being developed to provide soldiers on squad level with real-time situational awareness and affording them to see around the corner or into the next room during combat missions. it will goes where regular size drones can’t. LEARN MORE. [via]
Dunlop Imagines What The Future Race Car Will Look Like
no FIA or whatsoever is involved here. this is purely the tire maker’s vision of the racer of the future. it went all out to gather opinions from motorsport enthusiasts and referring them to GP and Le Mans racecar designer Sergio Rinland to sketch out the “perfect racing machine of the future” you see you. LEARN MORE. [via]
This Is A Living And Breathing Man-made Biological Leaf
if humanity has any hope of surviving in space, we will need plants and since organic plants can’t grow in zero-gravity, NASA asked to create one that can, and this is the result and it works. the leaf consists of chloroplasts suspended in silk protein, which allows photosynthesis to occur. LEARN MORE.
Apparently, Super Strength Exoskeleton Suits Are Already In Use In South Korea
this happen in Daewoo shipyard where select workers wear this hydraulically-supported power suit and picks up 100 kg metal like nothing. the suits last for 3 hours per charge and lifts up to 100 kg. the suit reacts to natural human motion and the wearer can walk around with it on. LEARN MORE.
(image credit: Project Skeletonics)
this group of Japanese engineering students proved that you don’t need to be a multi-national corporation with big bucks to build a real working exoskeleton suit and the best part is, it doesn’t required any form of electrical power. the project called “Sukerutonikusu” that translates to “Skeletonics”, which is a hybrid of the words “skeleton” and “mechanics”. Continue reading Skeletonics is a power-free exoskeleton suit
movies often provides us insight to future gizmos and gadgets that has inspired scientists in the real world. this week, we take a look at the top ten gadgets in movies that truly inspires and excites us… Continue reading top ten gadgets in movies that inspires and excites us