Berkeley Lower Extremity Exoskeleton: Giving Soldiers A Boost
By: Greg Ponesse - Published: Dec 28, 2005 • References: machinedesign
Listen up you video-game-playing hooligans, DARPA and the U.S. military are at it again trying to impress us, the video game playing community, with badass mech jobbers like this. This is the Berkeley lower extremity exoskeleton (Bleex). The Bleex 1 has been in the works for a while and it seems they have begun work on the 2nd prototype, the Bleex 2. The exoskeleton system has two hydraulic leg braces that include 40 electronic sensors, a monitoring computer and an internal-combustion engine. The exoskeleton is attached to the legs of the soldier and allows for backpack loads upwards of 220 lbs to be carried with ease. Eat your heart out, Robocop.