Skeletonics unveiled its latest suit, the Arrive, which relies on a user's kinetic energy to operate. (Image Credit: Skeletonics)
Like something out of a science fiction story.
Skeletonics, a Japanese company that develops exoskeletons, recently showcased its latest suit, called the Arrive. This 3-meter-tall suit relies on a user's kinetic energy rather than electricity to copy their movements. During a live demo at Haneda Innovation City, a user demonstrated some of its capabilities, which include grabbing small objects and moving around.
The team connected both the upper and lower body, making it more bearable for the wearer. In addition, they dramatically reduced the suit-up time. The company also says, "While wearing the Arrive, you'll be able to move in ways impossible for humans to achieve alone."
The technology deployed in this suit allows the electrical and mechanical components to connect with the wearer's body, providing a smooth, well-coordinated movement experience. It also features mirror technology to mimic human movement and a link mechanism that syncs those movements with the robotic exoskeleton. This mirror tech works with other smaller or larger-sized robots and offers remote synchronization.
The Arrive applies mechatronics technology, a combination of electronics and mechanics, to provide accurate finger movement. As a result, the robot can move precisely and perform complex operations. The exoskeleton's exterior design is important for entertainment purposes. Plus, these must have the lightest possible weight to ensure performance loss doesn't come into play. So the team often uses reinforced resin FRP for the exteriors.
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