Exoskeleton arm can lift up to 50 lb, is controlled by handheld remote
Most engineering senior design projects are an entertaining, but lack the wow factor of corporate inventions. But every once in a while you'll come across a gem.
I. Titan Arm Looks to Smash Back Problems
Among the pleasant surprises from this semester was the "MEAM Team" from the University of Pennsylvania, who offered up their own take on an upper body exoskeleton. The team was motivated by the very real problem of back disorders which affect 600,000 workers a year in the U.S. and cost the economy an estimated $50B USD. Most of these back disorders come from overexertion during lifting.
That's where the "Titan Arm" comes in.
The one-arm exoskeleton helps the user lift objects in a curl motion, sparing the user's elbow from wear and tear.
Composed of five structural members, four moveable joints, and an adjustable upper arm member, the exoskeleton is strapped on the back and onto the user's arm. The shoulder has three degress of freedom, so the user's arm is able to move relatively naturally in three-dimensional space.