Aerospace & Defense

DARPA Testing Lightweight Exoskeletons on Soldiers


A lightweight exoskeleton developed by researchers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering under a contract from DARPA is undergoing performance testing by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Maryland. Soldiers wear the prototype underneath battle gear and hike a three mile course that includes roadways as well as rugged, wooded terrain. ARL technicians monitor the soldiers' muscle activity, stride lengths and frequency, and energy expenditure. The goal is to allow soldiers to walk longer distances carrying heavy loads with less effort, while minimizing the risk of injury.