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College students create Titan Arm, capture Cornell Cup USA.

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A very good month for a team of college students from the University of Pennsylvania.  I’m Fred Fishkin with technology BootCamp, a report on gadgets and gear.    Nick McGill and Niko Vladimirov graduated this month with degrees in mechanical engineering and they also were part of a team that captured the 10 thousand dollar top prize in the Intel sponsored Cornell Cup USA.   What they developed is an exoskeleton arm they call Titan….

“Basically you could imagine putting on a backpack like device that also has structure that runs down your arm.  On the elbow of the joint it actually has a spool system that’s powered by a motor on the backpack.

That’s Nick.  Wear it and your arm can lift an additional 40 pounds or so.  And, says Niko…

“It’s very easy to wear.  I’ve been wearing it a lot for the past month and I can take it on and off in a matter of two to three minutes.”

And it was built for under two thousand dollars.  The applications for helping with rehabilitation and industry are many.  And there’s much more to come.  You can find us at BootCamp.com.   I’m Fred Fishkin.

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