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Self-powered exoskeleton assists human locomotion

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posted on May, 7 2004 @ 07:45 AM
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Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are developing a self-powered exoskeleton.

Potential functions include allowing dismounted soldiers to carry much heavier loads - such as weapons, other equipment and wounded troops - than is possible with muscle power alone. The Berkeley Lower Extremity Exoskeleton (BLEEX) consists of mechanical metal leg braces that are connected rigidly to the user at the feet and more loosely elsewhere.

BLEEX is designed so that the wearer becomes an integral part of the exoskeleton and requires no special training to use it. More than 40 sensors and hydraulic actuators form a local-area network for the exoskeleton that functions much like a human nervous system. The sensors, including some that are embedded within the shoe pads, constantly provide the BLEEX central computer with brain information so that it can adjust the load based upon what the human is doing.


Source : Jane.com




posted on May, 7 2004 @ 01:52 PM
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sounds quite interesting a bit like the loader out of aliens if im not right
sounds very good
good find nans



posted on May, 7 2004 @ 02:28 PM
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Here's a link: www.cqservices.com...
home site: bleex.me.berkeley.edu...





[Edited on 7-5-2004 by DiabolusKlown]



posted on May, 7 2004 @ 02:46 PM
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How fast can you walk in it?



posted on May, 7 2004 @ 03:25 PM
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Yeah I saw this thing reported on BBC about a month ago. Thought it seemed really cool a great advance in technology really.



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