We often see in science fiction the following picture: the exoskeleton that covers the body, turns an ordinary person into a superman like Iron Man. Exoskeleton protects not only the body but also allows a person to carry very heavy loads, and also helps with walking, running and other muscular movements. DARPA is already building exoskeletons for soldiers, and NASA is testing exoskeletons to help astronauts doing physical exercises in space. But now a student from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, has expanded this idea for firefighters, creating the concept of an exoskeleton that helps the fire fighters.
To fight with fire usually must have many the necessary things, weighing about 22 kg. In some, it is an emergency and can weigh up to 55 kg. If someone would think that this is not much, then think about, how many necessary steps to overcome, while still introducing people. This reduces enough speed, which is not surprising. Unfortunately, this means that fewer people can be saved.
Exoskeleton for firefighters and specially designed to help bear the weight of 90 kg. Exoskeleton supports muscle movement, because walking 20 steps spans will be easier, faster, and so the fire can save more people. If the soldier will need to quickly remove the exoskeleton, it is necessary to press the button and the design will fall apart.
Since prototype does not yet exist, the exoskeleton is based on the same technology used by the U.S. Army. The structure itself will weigh about 20 kg, but it will significantly reduce the burden of its users. It remains only to wait for the establishment of the exoskeleton.
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