Lockheed Martin has come up with a robotic exoskeleton to help soldiers better shoulder the crushing weight they carry in equipment. The Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) was built under an exclusive licensing agreement with Berkeley Bionics, a company that specializes in exoskeleton technology.
According to Lockheed, the HULC will help soldiers carry up to 200 pounds "with minimal effort." It works by transferring weight from heavy loads to the ground via the battery-powered, titanium legs of the lower-body exoskeleton. An onboard micro-computer ensures the exoskeleton moves in concert with the soldier. The HULC's un-tethered hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton allows soldiers to perform a range of motions--deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting--all with minor exertion, according to Lockheed.
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