Source – http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/11/6137511/the-us-military-is-spending-2-9-million-to-develop-a-soft-robot-suit
Wearable military enhancements have always been a controversial topic, and military funding even more so. How far is too far when it comes to creating a super-soldier? How much is too much when spending the governments money on advanced robotics technology for military use? The new “Soft Exo Suit” developed by Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is a great example of DARPA funding going towards something that is both practical and reasonably priced.
How is 2.9 million a reasonable price? Considering the fact that the government recently just gave the U.S. defense department 1.5 trillion (that’s 11 zeros) for various military funding, the flexible robotic exoskeleton at 2.9 million is a bargain. The suit itself is made of a soft lightweight fabric installed with sensors, microprocessors and a power supply. All of these bendable features work with the body by aiding muscles that need help. This sensor driven technology is more relevant than people realize. This ubiquitous technology is in most of the devices we use today. Sensors allow a wearable item to track the users movements and habits and record those readings to later enhance the users knowledge and experience. Sensor technology used in the form of soft exoskeleton robotics is exactly what the defense department should be focusing on.
This sensor driven robotic wearable is not just perfect for military application, but civilian use as well. A wearable exoskeleton suit that has the ability to assist with the human bodies movements is an invaluable technology. Think of all of the chronic and debilitating diseases that this could help with. This new super-suit may be geared towards the military, but even the creators themselves admit that for the young, old and in-between… the “Soft Exo Suit” has unlimited potential in aiding the human race.