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New exosuit can offer superhuman strength

Posted on Tuesday, 7 June, 2016 | Comment icon 9 comments

A concept image of the suit from the company's official brochure. Image Credit: SRI International
A new robotic suit called Superflex is able to augment the wearer's strength and physical capabilities.
Unlike conventional exoskeletons, this new, more refined and lightweight option fits snug over the wearer's body and carries the majority of the load from the legs, arms and torso.

Designed to restore mobility to the disabled and elderly, the suit can be used to help lift objects as well as to carry out various other physical tasks that the wearer might otherwise struggle with.

It can even help able-bodied individuals lift heavier loads then they would otherwise manage.

The suit also contains sensors which enable it to conserve battery life by adapting to a particular wearer's movements and only offering assistance where it is actually needed.

The current prototype of the device takes around five minutes to put on but there are plans to reduce that to under two minutes by the time the final commercial version is ready.

When it will become available to purchase and how much it will cost however remains unclear.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (9)

Tags: Superflex, Exosuit

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by hellwyr on 7 June, 2016, 12:19
Doesn`t that suit strain the body. The wearer probably would need to have certain physical capabilities to be able to use this suit. :/
Comment icon #2 Posted by danielost on 7 June, 2016, 12:27
not according to the story.
Comment icon #3 Posted by AnonsMouse on 7 June, 2016, 14:27
If you read the article through, it won't really help those who can't already walk (so no full mobility), and seems to make the premise that elderly people who use walkers do so for psychological reasons? [Superflex’s goal is to remove all of those areas that cause psychological-type encumbrances and, ultimately, redignify the individual.”] When my husband used a walker, it wasn't because he couldn't walk but because his balance was so bad after surgery, he needed something to hang onto while walking. It doesn't sound as though the suit would help that sort of thing. If it uses physical abilit... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 7 June, 2016, 18:03
Can the old Gray turned Gold Iron Man from the '60's be far away?
Comment icon #5 Posted by BeastieRunner on 7 June, 2016, 18:34
Where can I test one out!?
Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam on 7 June, 2016, 20:41
Aims to replace walkers for the elderly  Can`t wait to see those currently with zimmer frames, prancing about in one of these suits.
Comment icon #7 Posted by ChrLzs on 8 June, 2016, 1:44
I cannot read that thread title without the U becoming an H.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Ozfactor on 8 June, 2016, 10:53
I will take 2
Comment icon #9 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 11 June, 2016, 22:04
Don know y but I have fantasies of wearing an exosuit n exploring a thick jungle or sleeping at a cemetery..

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