Taiwan army tests exoskeletton
According to Matt Yu and Joseph Yeh on Focus Taiwan, on October 26, the Taiwanese army has unveiled its use of powered exoskeleton suits. The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCIST) has run tests on a total of 105 soldiers to make sure the suit fits the regular height and weight of Taiwanese, with minor adjustments based on each wearer's body size that can be made case by case.
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The 10-kg lower-body exoskeleton enables its user to move at a speed of 6 km/h and, ultimately, to carry a maximum load of 100 kg (Picture source: CNA)
The 10-kg lower-body exoskeleton enables its soldier to move at a speed of 6 km/h, said Jen Kuo-kuang, the project manager and a member of the military's top research institution, the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCIST). The exoskeleton's lithium battery has an endurance of six hours after being charged.
According to a budget proposal issued by the Ministry of National Defense, the military-use powered exoskeleton suit is part of a four-year NT$158 million (US$5.67 million) project running from 2020-2023. Jen Kuo-kuang said the NCIST has completed the first phase of the project in designing the exoskeleton suit. It will continue to modify the suit so that ultimately it can enable a user to carry a maximum load of 100 kg when the four-year-project is completed, he added.