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The US Army recently put out their proposals to build a futuristic climate controlled powered exoskeleton that would make soldiers smarter, stronger, and tougher. They are trying to create their imaginations like Iron Man.The exoskeleton won’t fly, it won’t have a friendly AI chatting away in a soldier’s ear, it won’t have a miniature Arc Reactor delivering heat free power equivalent to a nuclear sub but it is yet just a concept but concepts won't take too much time to build them in reality.
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The defence technology developer Lockheed Martin leads the efforts to develop a exoskeleton fit for the battlefield with its Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC). The aim of the system is to divert up to 200 lbs in weight through powered titanium legs and allow the user to move freely.These robotic suits or powered exoskeletons, are now so sophisticated and durable that they have reached the point where the US military is considering deploying them for soldiers in war zones. There are now three companies, at least, developing exoskeletons for commercial use and they focus on creating them to help people with spinal injuries.
A Swedish company named Ekso Bionics makes an exoskeleton weighting up to 20kg, titanium and aluminium suit that costs $100,000, which has helped several crippled individuals walk again for the first time.
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But there is need for cheaper exoskeletons for more general use, they are also on the way. Japanese company, Cyberdyne has developed a wearable robot suit it has christened HAL, which is for many non military uses like in emergency rescue personnel who required to rescue people from under collapsed buildings The HAL suit works by detecting signals sent from the brain to muscles and amplifies them.
The United States government had expressed interest in purchasing HAL suits this was announced during the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. In March 2011, Cyberdyne presented a legs only HAL version for the health care professionals and factory workers.HAL was selected to be used for clean up work at the site of the Fukushima nuclear accident, in November 2011.
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