Saturday, March 26, 2011

Human Exoskeleton Demonstration by Berkeley Bionics (Video) *Wearable, networked robots: HULC & eLEGS*


HULC Exoskeleton: Human Universal Load Carrier

Human Exoskeleton Demonstration by Berkeley Bionics

Wearable Robots Eythor Bender, CEO of Berkeley Bionics, begins his presentation in the video below by asking the audience to imagine a wearable robot that enables super human abilities or another wearable robot that has wheelchair users standing and walking again. These wearable robots are exoskeletons, the "true integration of man and machine". In addition, Bender says these exoskeletons will "integrate and network you to the Universe and other devices out there". Bender concludes, "We have the technology, we have the platforms, to change the lives of future generations - not only for the soldier and eLEGs users, but for everyone."

HULC Berkeley Bionics has created HULC, Human Universal Load Carrier, with the American soldier in mind. Lockheed Martin, which has the license for HULC, describes this system: "Dismounted Soldiers often carry heavy combat loads that increase the stress on the body leading to potential injuries. With a HULC exoskeleton, these loads are transferred to the ground through powered titanium legs without loss of mobility. The HULC is a completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users with the ability to carry loads of up to 200 lbs for extended periods of time and over all terrains. Its flexible design allows for deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting. There is no joystick or other control mechanism. The exoskeleton senses what users want to do and where they want to go. It augments their ability, strength and endurance. An onboard micro-computer ensures the exoskeleton moves in concert with the individual. Its modularity allows for major components to be swapped out in the field. Additionally, its unique power-saving design allows the user to operate on battery power for extended missions. The HULC’s load-carrying ability works even when power is not available."

eLEGS Berkeley Bionics has created eLEGS and describes the system as "a wearable, artificially intelligent, bionic device that powers paraplegics up to get them standing and walking."

Exoskeleton Demonstration A man wearing the HULC walks onstage to describe and demonstrate the system. Amanda Boxtel, who had been confined to a wheelchair and unable to walk for 19 years, then walked onstage wearing the eLEGS system.

Eythor Bender Demos Human Exoskeletons Eythor Bender of Berkeley Bionics brings onstage two amazing exoskeletons, HULC and eLEGS - robotic add-ons that could one day allow a human to carry 200 pounds without tiring, or allow a wheelchair user to stand and walk. It's a powerful onstage demo, with implications for human potential of all kinds.

eLEGS: wearable, artificially intelligent, bionic device

About Eythor Bender
CEO, Berkeley Bionics

Eythor Bender is the CEO of Berkeley Bionics, which augments humans with wearable, powered and artificially intelligent devices called exoskeletons or "wearable robots." User of the HULC (Human Universal Load Carrier) can carry up to 200 pounds for hours and over all terrains. eLEGS, an exoskeleton for wheelchair users, powers paraplegics up to get them standing and walking.

Bender has fostered innovation with bionic and orthopedic technologies throughout his career, taking them from unconventional approaches to sustainable, FDA-approved products that help individuals participate in their community. Such was the case with the boomerang-shaped prosthesis Cheetah Flex-Foot by Ossur, worn by the history-making bilateral amputee Oscar Pistorius. Bender's team fought for, and won, Pistorius' right to compete in the Olympics.

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