Indian Engineering Student Builds a Real-Life Iron Man suit for just $750
Indian engineering students recently created an exoskeleton suit with inspiration derived from Iron-man and Avatar movie.
The student, Vimal Govin Manikandan along with a team of other engineers decided to build an exoskeleton on a tight budget.
According to Al Jazeera, the exoskeleton weighs 220 pounds, can lift 330 pounds (it’s not clear if that includes the exoskeleton and human inside) and cost just $750 (roughly £578 or AU$974) to make.
The suit is powered by actuated cylinders that are connected to pressure switches that determine movement and act accordingly.
While the suit remains functional, it is a long way off from being integrated and utilized for any purpose other than pure entertainment . The suit is bulky and the movements are not precise, causing the driver to take slow steps in order to avoid toppling. The team, however, is currently working on improving the sensors to enable greater and more a precise range of motion.
The suit was derived with inspiration acquired mostly from the movie “Avatar”- although it is a long way off from jumping and battling large smurfs.
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