What maximum amount of weight can you lift? 200-pound? 500-pound? What if I say you can lift more 40-pound of weights besides the capability of lifting the maximum amount of weights at the same time? You might be be thinking I’m kidding, but actually I’m not. Anyone can lift extra 40-pound of weights effortlessly besides the capability of lifting the maximum amount of weights via Titan Arm bionic exoskeleton.
Titan Arm is a robotic device, invented by 4 mechanical engineering students – Elizabeth Beattie, Nick Parrotta, Nick McGill and Niko Vladimirov – at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The Titan Arm is actually a lightweight suit for the right arm and it’s been designed for ordinary people who need either physical rehabilitation or a little extra muscle for their job.
Titan Arm looks and sounds like part of a superhero’s costume. There’s a handheld joystick that controls the motorized cables that raise and lower the arm; sensors measure the wearer’s range of motion to help track rehab progress. Wearing the suit, anyone can easily lift or carry an additional 40 pounds (18 kg) of weight.
Robert Carpick, chairman of University of Pennsylvania’s mechanical engineering department said, “They built something that people can relate to. Of course it appeals clearly to what we’ve all seen in so many science-fiction movies of superhuman strength being endowed by an exoskeleton.”
Titan Arm’s cost-efficient design has won the students accolades and at least $75,000 or £45,580 ($10,000 or £6,086 for Intel Cornell Cup USA and $65,000 or £39,559 for James Dyson Award) in prize money.
At this moment, Titan Arm bionic exoskeleton is in experimental stage. The students have mentioned that the final product of Titan Arm bionic exoskeleton will cost less than $2,000 (£1,217) and its weight will be 18lb (8kg). Here’s a video of Titan Arm.