An exoskeleton will allow you to carry more without feeling the weight, and move faster too.
History of ExoskeletonGeneral Electric developed the first exoskeleton device in the 1960s. Called the Hardiman, it was a hydraulic and electrical body suit, however, it was too heavy and bulky to be of military use. Currently, exoskeleton development is being done by DARPA under their Exoskeletons for Human Performance Augmentation Program lead by Dr. John Main.
DARPA began phase I of the exoskeleton program in 2001. Phase I contractors included Sarcos Research Corporation, University of California, Berkeley, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. DARPA selected two contractors to enter the programs second phase in 2003, Sarcos Research Corporation and the University of California, Berkeley. The programs final phase, which began in 2004, is being conducted by the Sarcos Research Corporation and focuses on development of a fast-moving, heavily armored, high-power lower and upper body system.
Sarcos Research CorporationThe Sarcos exoskeleton being developed for DARPA utilizes a number of technological innovations, including.
- A combustion-based driver to support advanced hydraulic actuators that produce robotic limb movements with very high strength, speed, bandwidth, and efficiency; and,
- A control system that allows the operator to move naturally, unencumbered and without additional fatigue, while the exoskeleton carries the payload.