Kelvinwright's Blog

postmodern thoughts

Titan Arm

Titan Arm  I came across the James Dyson award website by accident, and was glad I did. The James Dyson Award, run by the James Dyson Foundation, is an international initiative that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers.

One of this year’s entrants was the Titan Arm, an upper-body exoskeleton designed to increase human strength. Among its many uses and applications are for professionals who work in environments where heavy lifting is required: warehouse workers and healthcare professionals for example.

However, there is another use for people whose lives are currently very different and very challenging. Titan could help those who suffer from permanent injuries or disabilities to improve their quality of life, enabling both patients and the elderly to be able to regain their independence.

Whilst exoskeletons are already on the market, they are prohibitively expensive to most. According to the article, Titan was created for less than $2,000, making it more readily available, and perhaps too, offering national health services a much cheaper alternative to 24 hour home help. In this case, cheaper may also be better – the patient would gain independence and not have to rely on somebody else to help with simple chores. Titan could thus offer a more fully empowered life.

Full original article: http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/Projects/Project.aspx?ID=3414&RegionId=0&Winindex=0

Image: http://titanarm.com/about

Advertisements

January 31, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: