Register on the forum now to remove ALL ads + popups + get access to tons of hidden content for members only!

Go Back   Site Owners Forums - Webmaster Forums > General Arena > General Discussion

Notices


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-07-2016, 12:21 PM   #1
bolhaw
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 950
Superflex: the first flexible exoskeleton prototype of the future

The SRI International company unveiled last month SuperFlex, his first prototype integrating flexible combination of a lightweight exo-skeleton.


One would think straight out of a science fiction movie. But we well SuperFlex comes from reality. The prototype was designed by the firm SRI International. A US company that has made Research and Development its heart business. SRI International is more than 2,000 employees, 4,000 patents and 60 spin-off for more than four billion dollars spent on research in ten years. The company itself is a spin-off from the University of Stanford. Founded in 1946 at the end of the war, SRI aims to capitalize on the creativity and expertise of US researchers. Independent since 1970, the company now performs more than 500 million turnover per year. A new living proof of American know-how when it comes to turning an idea into a business.

Its work covers a wide spectrum of activities. Health industry through education, the group innovates in all areas. Robotics, computer science, and technology of all kinds, the company is working on a field robot project loaded to map complex terrain in 3D. But also on digital educational platforms to developing countries, a robotic gripper arms and even an instant translation device.

The Superflex project is to develop a lightweight exoskeleton that would allow soldiers to perform more easily without too much weight counterparty tasks. This is often the disadvantage of exo-skeletons, they are still far too heavy. This is why many researchers are adopting new approaches to develop innovative products but so practical and viable. Harvard's Wyss Institute works for its share of a bio-inspired military prototype so fine that must be housed under the clothing of the soldier. April 26, SRI International announced that his team SuperFlex now fly with its own wings, becoming itself a spin-off, a spin-off ... Like the Harvard ExoSuit project Superflex was born in part of Web Warrior program organized by the Research Agency for the American Defense (DARPA).

In addition to its particularly futuristic design, the combination SuperFlex embarks actually a musculoskeletal system for assisting an injured or disabled person but also to improve and increase the existing capacity of soldiers. The new company will be led by Rick Mahoney (director of robotic arm for 7 years) on the campus of SRI in Menlo Park, figure in Silicon Valley, located just steps from Palo Alto. "The independence of Superflex provides further evidence of the immense talent and productivity of our research team in robotics," says Manish Kothari, president of the subsidiaries of SRI.

But the separation obviously not random acts of schedule. The SuperFlex team hopes to announce the product before the end of the year. Its prime market is surprisingly not the military. Harvard ExoSuit Having won the competition DARPA, Superflex invests a relatively virgin market: civil and B2B (business to business's). Because the company intends to compete with industry heavyweights like Panasonic has launched a range of exo-skeletons in March, Hyundai and Iron Man Suit, or even the French RB3D, already present with ExoPush, an exo Construction skeleton.

As if "the potential to create products that will enhance human performance, such as extreme sports, there are still too many people who do not have the assets to live a normal life, in terms of mobility and relation to the world, "said Rick Mahoney site TechCrunch. For if the military is a profitable market, it is nothing compared to the civilian who has more than 7 billion potential customers. Superflex is not fooled: "Our priority is to make an international and global product."

Superflex: the first flexible exoskeleton prototype of the future

Superflex: the first flexible exoskeleton prototype of the future

Superflex: the first flexible exoskeleton prototype of the future

Superflex: the first flexible exoskeleton prototype of the future

Superflex: the first flexible exoskeleton prototype of the future

Superflex: the first flexible exoskeleton prototype of the future

Superflex: the first flexible exoskeleton prototype of the future

Superflex: the first flexible exoskeleton prototype of the future

Superflex: the first flexible exoskeleton prototype of the future
bolhaw is offline   Reply With Quote

Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Volvo range: all future models bolhaw General Discussion 1 05-24-2016 11:50 PM
Electric vehicles: Faraday Unveils its Future Factory project to $ 1 billion bolhaw General Discussion 0 04-15-2016 03:16 AM
Protect your future with massage insurance jamesalex General Discussion 7 12-30-2013 03:00 AM
Do you think Bing will be able to seriously compete with Google in the future? eooc.box Bing 5 11-20-2012 05:16 AM
Interpretations Of Flexible Wire And Cable yafeicable Post your ad here 0 09-12-2012 12:31 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc.