by Peter Blundy

Disability Equipment

Iron man suit gives super strength

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iron man suitHere is another piece of equipment which resulted from industrial and military research and is now put to useful work. The wearable iron man suits or robotic exoskeletons that only appeared in sci-fi movies in the past, has been in development for years, and now it is quickly moving out of the lab and into the real world. These suits enable the wearer to tirelessly lift and transport up to 100kg metal sheets. The technology was tested at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, the South Korean manufacturing giant. The iron man suit is made of carbon, aluminium alloy and steel shells and gives humans super human strength.

Another iron man suit was designed by Dr Miguel Nicolelis, the Duke University neuroscientist. This iron man suit is mind controlled and is suitable for paraplegics as we could see it in the FIFA World Cup this year,when the 29-year-old paraplegic Juliano Pinto kicked off the tournament by mind controlling the movement of his previously paralysed legs.

The military is also developing its version of iron man suit. The so-called TALOS suit developed by Lockheed Martin is built by utilising liquid-ceramic nanotechnology that allows it to turn into a hard shell as soon as an a bullet or any other hard object strikes it.

Click here to continue reading: Robotic suit gives shipyard workers super strength

and here: Paraplegic in robotic suit kicks off World Cup

and here: Lockheed Martin awarded contract to test Iron Man-type exoskeletons

Mind controlled robotic arms

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amputee with mind controlled prosthetic armsYears ago it would have belonged to the realms of science fiction, but with the advancement of technology today mind control is quickly becoming a reality. Research institutes around the world work on mind controlled robotic arms. The Applied Physics Laboratory at the university in Baltimore, Maryland is one of them. Double amputee, Leslie Baugh, is the first in the world who had two such robotic arms fitted and was able to simultaneously control a combination of motions across them.

The other news is that at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden a man, whose right arm was amputated 10 years ago, has become the first recipient of a mind-controlled prosthetic arm that is directly linked with his muscle, bone and nerves.

In both research projects the robotic arms were interfaced with the body on various levels and achieved great success.

Click here to read the full article: Double amputee controls two prosthetic arms at once, using his mind

and you find the second article here: Mind-controlled prosthetic arm now a reality

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Dog with 3D printed limbs

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dog with 3d printed legs3D printing benefits not only humans, but at times animals as well. In the following story, Derby, the dog was born with missing front limbs. A young lady,┬áTara Anderson, adopted him from a foster home. She tried to help the dog. Her initial idea, a cart, didn’t work out, for it greatly limited the dog’s mobility. It was then that a 3D printed prosthetic limb was developed at the South Carolina-based 3D Systems, where Tara worked. The initial design was low to enable the dog to quickly get used to it, but the height of the prosthetic limb could be increased over time. The dog surprisingly quickly adapted the 3D printed limbs and ran around with great freedom of mobility.

Click here to read the full article: 3D-printed legs make disabled dog learn joy of running (VIDEO)

3D printed prosthetic hand for ten dollars

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3D printed prosthetic handThe world is changing fast. What was unimaginable just a few years ago has suddenly become possible. 3D printing is changing the world. A disabled 12 year old boy,┬áLeon McCarthy, born with missing fingers from birth due the to lack of blood circulation, needed a prosthetic hand. It would have cost his parents tens of thousands of dollars to purchase one from a company that manufactured it, but one day his father came across a youtube video about a disabled child, whose father designed for him a 3D printed prosthetic hand, and shared the design on the internet for anyone to use. Luckily, Leon’s father already owned a 3D printer, and he had one printed for his son at the cost of the material, about ten dollars. It is so cheap, that it can easily be re-printed any time when a new design becomes available. It can even be printed in different colours!

Read more about it here: Man Makes 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand For Son For Only $10

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