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Workers who've sustained arm or back injuries due to heavy lifting often face a lengthy recovery to rebuild muscle and strength.
Enter Titan Arm, developed by University of Pennsylvania mechanical engineering students Elizabeth Beattie, Nick McGill, Nick Parrotta, and Niko Vladimirov. It's a 18.5-pound upper-body exoskeleton that augments the wearer's arm strength to reduce fatigue during recovery, while bracing the back to prevent poor lifting posture.
While current exoskeletons can cost upward of $100,000, "using lean principles," the Titan team created their product for less than $2,000.
"Low price points will help make Titan ubiquitous, aiding many more people," the creators say.
The team also envisions Titan Arm as a tool for stroke victims who need to relearn fine-motor skills, as well as the elderly or those with permanent injuries or disabilities.
October 15, 2013 3:06 PM PDT
Photo by: Elizabeth Beattie, Nick McGill, Niko Vladimirov, Nick Parrotta
| Caption by: Leslie Katz
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