Hyundai the robotic exoskeleton that recalls the Iron Man suit
Hyundai is working on a mechanical exoskeleton designed for use in military and industrial. A robot ” wearable ” that allows the rider to lift ” hundreds ” of kilograms. It does not allow to fly, like the Iron Man suit, but the ” super powers ” are not lacking.
It does not allow to fly like the famous suit of Marvel’s superhero, but the robotic exoskeleton of which reminds you to Hyundai work very closely, if only for the ” super powers ” allowing you to ascribe to his ” pilot “.
It is the same manufacturer of cars that, in a post on the official blog, likens what he calls ” wearable robots ” the armor of Iron Man. A combination that makes the content of the project sufficiently clear, not a single attempt to explore the most newer frontiers of robotics, but a further step that is added to the investments made earlier by Hyundai in the field.
The robotic exoskeleton allows the user wearing it and controls it to lift heavy objects ” hundreds of kilograms “, says the company. Although Hyundai is not the only company engaged in the development of wearable robots that facilitate the lifting of weights and facilitate locomotor activities in subjects with varying degrees of disability, it is one of the few well exoskeletons ” extreme ” and offering performances (something like it had been presented in 2014 by Daewoo). The military and the industrial sector are the primary areas of application of the exoskeleton of Daewoo.
The new Hyundai robotic exoskeleton is an enhanced version of H-LEX, a wearable robot much more light, presented by the car manufacturer in the course of 2015, and designed to facilitate the mobility of individuals in later years or locomotor difficulties.
A third variant, more recently introduced, aims to achieve the same goal, placing itself midway between the first original prototype and enhanced version. The whole structure becomes much more streamlined and focuses on capacity building of the user’s legs (see. Picture below).
The renewed Hyundai investments in robotics are the obvious attempt to diversify the traditional business activities, exploring new promising market sectors. The medical, military and industrial, in which robotic exoskeletons can be applied, offering new business opportunities to Hyundai and other companies that have chosen to invest in the segment, not to mention the interest shown by DARPA, the Defense Agency US that deals with the development of new technologies to be used in the military.
For now the Hyundai robotic exoskeleton remains a prototype, pending the finalization of the project.