This Exosuit Is Essentially A Wearable
Robot For High-Tech Mobility Aid
By Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief
A group of researchers at Harvard is
developing a soft exosuit and have
some very high hopes for their high-tech mobility aid. The Wyss Institute
for Biologically Inspired Engineering
at Harvard University entered into a
collaboration last year with Re Walk
Robotics Ltd., to accelerate the
development of its exosuit technologies for assisting
people with lower limb disabilities.
The exosuit, made of soft, comfortable, lightweight
fabrics, is essentially a wearable robot that could one day
help sufferers of strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s
disease, and potentially even healthy soldiers that carry
heavy loads, allowing them to move with more freedom.
In order to move forward with their design, however,
the team needs to quantify how much energy exactly
the suit is capable of saving. Recently the team made
a step in the right direction toward their lofty goal by
isolating the suit’s load-bearing benefits and determining
that a tethered version can result in energy savings of
almost 23 percent.
A Detailed Look At The Supersonic F-35A
Lightning II Fighter
By Jennifer DeLaOsa, Associate Editor
For the first time, two
F-35A Lightning II
aircraft supporting 20
airmen are participating
in a training
deployment to Europe.
This signifies a progression of the Joint Strike Fighter
Program, an effort to define next-generation aircraft
weapon systems for United States military branches and
The F-35A, in particular, is used for traditional air-to-ground and air-to-air missions, using conventional takeoff
and landing methods. Two other iterations exist—the
F-35B and F-35C. The B-version covers direct support to
ground troops and implements short takeoff and vertical
landing, while the F-35C is designed for aircraft carriers.
Each iteration combines stealth with speed and
efficiency. Sensory information, advanced sustainment,
and network-enabled operations are the core of its
design. The F-35A has advanced electronic warfare
abilities that enable pilots to effectively pinpoint
and track enemy forces, as well as jam radar signals.
Embedded sensors and complete 360-degree coverage
gives pilots real-time access to battlefield information.
Estimated megawatt hours of new
energy storage capacity installed
in the U.S. in 2020.
Engineering Update #208:
Automated Robotic Drill Reduces
➤ Google Maps Can Tell You Where You Parked
Never again will you have to utter the words,
“Where’s my car?” This is all thanks to a new Google
Maps feature that lets you save your parking location
on a map. Originally launched as part of a Google
Maps beta in March 2017, the feature recently went
live on Android and iOS.
➤ Fedor the Russian “Terminator” Bot
While its primary use is supposed to be for aerospace
engineering, the Russian government is developing
a humanoid robot nicknamed FEDOR (which is an
abbreviation for Final Experimental Demonstration
Object Research) that has advanced motor skills and
➤ Automated Robotic Drill Reduces Surgery Time
Future surgeries may soon require the help of a
computer-driven automated robotic drill. A machine
like this could make a complex cranial surgery
50 times faster than standard practices. In other
terms, this will reduce a typical two-and-a-half-hour
procedure down to only two and a half minutes.
Great interview with @wieilc founder @nkpieee on why
she became an engineer: http://bit.ly/2osF1Ld