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
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
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
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
(image credit: Cyberdyne)
if you haven’t heard, Cyberdyne‘s Robot Suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) is a ‘cyborg-type’ robot that aims to expand and improve human being’s physical capability. at the first glance, the suit resembles the Metal Gear Solid Raiden’s exoskeleton suit, albeit being more bulkier. so how does it works? when a person attempts to move, this intention triggers the brain to send nerve signals to the muscles via motoneuron which in turns, move the body’s musculoskeletal system. Continue reading Cyberdyne’s Robot Suit HAL is a real life exoskeleton suit
(photo source: crunchgear.com) Activelink Power Loader Light | approx. US$233,000
perhaps there is an ongoing secret ‘battle’ for the development of power suit or exoskeleton. if Lockheed Martin’s HULC and Raytheon’s Exoskeleton suit’s military application does not turned you on, then you peace loving (and logistic nuts, alike) will love this piece of news. Activelink, a power assisted devices arm of Panasonic, announced the Power Loader Light, a light-version of their original (in development) Power Loader (which will not be ready till 2015). Continue reading Panasonic’s Power Loader Light robotic suit powers up your legs
(photo source: lockheedmartin.com)
Lockheed Martin began putting its improved next-generation design of the HULC™ advanced robotic exoskeleton thru laboratory test. in case you haven’t heard, the HULC (or Human Universal Load Carrier) is an untethered, battery-powered, hydraulic-actuated anthropomorphic exoskeleton capable of performing deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting with minimal human exertion. Continue reading testing of next generation Lockheed Martin’s HULC Robotic Exoskeleton began
this is awesome! a couple weeks ago, Raytheon unveiled it’s 2nd generation Exoskeleton Robotic Suit. this project started as far back as 2008, when the 1st generation suit was unveiled. needless to say, this was developed for the U.S.Army but it’s potential applications are far and wide. the suit uses a combination of sensors, actuators and controllers, to ‘amplified’ the strength of human. although it may not look as ‘sleek’ as the Exoskeleton suit that Raiden wears in Metal Gear Solid, but this mark a huge advancement in this technology. as with all other innovations, thing always starts from big, but as technology matures, miniaturization of the components will no doubt be possible, and in the process making the suit even more sleek and agile. Continue reading Raytheon Exoskeleton 2 Robotic Suit: Iron Man in reality