The new dual-purpose exoskeleton of NASA


New suit X1 weighing 26 kg, is capable of both hinder and facilitate the movement of your feet.

The difficulty of movements will allow astronauts to obtain the necessary exercise in microgravity on the International Space Station, or being in a long flight to Mars.

But the suit and can facilitate the movement, providing stability and help the man. This can be useful for people with paralyzed lower limbs.

"I dream of the day when I can help people in wheelchairs," - said Nick Radford, the head of the project.

Other potential applications of X1 include rehabilitation after injury, correction of gait and increase physical capacity rights.

This is not the first exoskeleton. In August, a woman from the UK, with the lower half of the body paralyzed after an accident while riding on a horse, began to use the exoskeleton, which enabled her to walk again.

In addition, the firm Raytheon for the past several years working on an exoskeleton for the military, which will give soldiers superhuman strength on the battlefield.

However, X1 more comforts, it is easier to set up and put on than the previous model exoskeletons, according to preliminary research of the technology conducted at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.

This exoskeleton is still in the stage of research and development. Future improvements may include additional joints in the ankles and hips for greater freedom of movement.

This suit was based on the project of NASA, Robonaut 2. This humanoid robot is currently on the International Space Station, where the first test.


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