The Hong Kong company Enhanced Robotics has developed an exoskeleton for ordinary users – the Sportsmate 5. Its distinctive feature is its sports orientation.
The device is able to help a person during hiking, for which it must be attached at the waist and hips. But what’s more interesting is that the exoskeleton can also be used to impede movement.
Such a regimen is necessary for training athletes to give their muscles an additional load. This is achieved by generating a “reverse” torque by the motors of the device – they are capable of creating resistance up to 10 N⋅m.
For all modes (both assisting and “interfering”), artificial intelligence technology is used. A special neural network studies the movement of a person, thereby maximizing the adjustment of the apparatus to its characteristics.
Sportsmate 5 can be supported on Kickstarter right now. At this stage, the device can be purchased for $ 900 (65.5 thousand rubles). After a full release, the cost of the exoskeleton will rise to $ 1,517 (110,000 rubles).