Body-enhancing exoskeletons could be stepping into industrial trials next year
December 1, 2015
Wearable technology uses electric motors and springs to augment the strength and balance of the human body. It has long been the subject of military research, but now engineers believe the technology is advanced enough to find much broader appeal.
‘We’re getting sufficient power for sufficiently low weight,’ said Jan Veneman, a roboticist at Tecnalia Research and Innovation in Donostia, Spain.
Exoskeletons typically consist of a framework that covers a person’s limbs. The framework has joints alongside the person’s own skeletal joints, and these are powered by motors or springs to assist in strength or endurance.