The military has long been one of the primary customers for robotics, including thousands of small unmanned ground vehicles (SUGVs) deployed now in Iraq and Afghanistan to search for explosives. Seen here is the Berkeley Lower Extremity Exoskeleton (BLEEX), an example of an exoskeleton that augments a person's ability to carry heavy loads. The purpose of this project, funded originally by DARPA in 2000, is to allow a person to carry a heavy load for long period while ensuring good movement and dexterity.
April 3, 2012 5:45 AM PDT
Photo by: Berkeley Robotics & Human Engineering Laboratory
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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