Robotic Exoskeleton empowers the disabled with mechanical arms
Spider-Man 2 showed Doctor Octopus play dirty games with his mechanical tentacles which had become an extension of his body due to a freak accident. Okay so that was movie, but in reality Jacob Rosen too is working on a comparable exoskeleton that can render exceptional powers the user. The two-armed wearable robotic exoskeleton can enable a user to lift heavy objects with ease. A medi-twist to these arms is that it is meant assist disabled patients. Developed with a grant from the National Science Foundation, consists of two wearable robotic arms that operate on the basis of a ‘bio-port’ which in turn allows the human brain to control the wearable robot with the same type of signals that it uses to control its own actuators, the muscles. Innovatively designed exoskeleton arms allow the user to reach 95 percent of the natural range of motion, or “workspace,” of the human arm.
People with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular disabilities could use the exoskeleton to amplify their muscle strength, and it could also be used for rehabilitation and physical therapy. However it comes with its share of limitations as the inventor notes that serious injury could result from a bad mismatch between the structure of the exoskeleton and the anatomical structure of the human arm.
Via – Medlaunches