Published: December 10, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Need a hand lifting something? An invention called the Titan Arm can help you carry an extra 40 pounds.
The robotic apparatus looks like something you might see on a superhero. But University of Pennsylvania engineering students say it's designed for ordinary people.
The device is essentially a battery-powered arm brace that's attached to a backpack.
Titan Arm's designers say it has the potential to prevent injuries in workers whose jobs require repetitive heavy lifting. It also could help rehab patients undergoing physical therapy.
The prize-winning prototype builds on existing research in the field of exoskeletons, an area that experts say will grow as the population ages.
Students say some current exoskeleton models can cost $100,000. They created Titan Arm for less than $2,000. [Copyright 2013 The Associated Press]