Power Loader exoskeleton adds Super Man strength to mortals
There are those who gauge and limit human capability based on the strength they can muster. Even though we’ve advanced from the era where only the fittest were deemed to survive, we are still looking to enhance physical capabilities of men. Power Loader, a power amplification robot by Activelink, a Panasonic subsidiary venture, enables power beyond human strength that could come into play during construction processes or emergencies. This helps link people with construction machinery, thus enhancing control and taking efforts to the next level. The company states, ‘Power Loader receives the force input by a person through its force sensors, and amplifies it using motors. In this way, it assists the person, by producing a large force that the person can’t achieve alone. The concept we’ve used to develop Power Loader is, you get into it, rather than wearing it. Using this concept makes it safer to operate.
Adding to the details on the build, Activeline say, “In each sole, there’s a six-axis force sensor. In line with the force vectors detected there, three axes for each leg are used to control motors in the ankle, knee, and hip, exerting a force in the direction of support. We want to make Power Loader capable of carrying 50-60 kg while moving with agility. The legs could be used to support something very heavy, such as a radiation suit, and we think it could also carry 50-60 kg easily using the robot arms.” Super soldier soon seems to be taking the shape of super constructor.