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 New exoskeleton lightens the load

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Date posted: 24/09/2007

A new exoskeletal frame from MIT takes a different tack to usual. This one does not make it easier for the muscles to move, it makes it easier to carry a large weight.

With obvious implications for construction, and military applications, it transfers the weight of their backpack, via several tubes that run along each leg, to the ground.

According to the MIT team behind the design, this can makes a 36kg load about 80% lighter.

Unfortunately, the device "interferes" with the wearer's natural way of walking. "You can definitely tell it's affecting your gait," says Conor Walsh, one of the researchers involved.

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