The conventional way of being able to lift heavier weights would be going to the gym and bulking up right? Well now, that may no longer be the case due to a new invention from a group of engineering students at the University of Pennsylvania. All one would need to do is strap on an external bicep and you gain instant strength. The device goes by the name Titan Arm, and it is the brainchild of four mechanical engineering students who are all in their final year of undergraduate.
The invention won $10,000 from investors at the Cornell Cup for Innovation, and has recently been shortlisted for the 2013 Dyson award. Titan Arm inventors believe that this new invention will be useful in aiding physical rehabilitation, both for people who have suffered upper body injuries and for those with pre-existing muscular-skeletal disorders. It can also be used by workers whose jobs require heavy lifting, such as warehouse workers, removalists and couriers.
How does it Work?
The Titan Arm attaches to a user’s right arm with a power motor at its elbow joint. The bionic limb can lift approximately 40 pounds of weight, augmenting a user’s natural strength. The arm is predominantly made of aluminum and steel components, and is powered by a DC battery.“With the Titan Arm, we wanted to create something that could both augment a user’s natural strength as well as help someone perform physical therapy in their own home,” says Elizabeth Beattie, one of the Titan Arm’s inventors. “We wanted to create something that was low-cost and easy for a user to put on and strap to themselves.”