Elysium proved that even doughy dudes like Matt Damon could be futuristic action heroes with the help of a high-tech exoskeleton. That may have been science fiction, but there’s still hope for the rest of us. The Titan Arm, a breakthrough upper-body exoskeleton developed by a group of students at University of Pennsylvania, offers a very real taste of Hulk-like super strength. Even more usefully, though, the device stands to totally change the way we think about physical therapy.
Today, the Titan Arm was announced as the winner of this year’s James Dyson Award, the serial innovator’s annual student competition. an annual competition held by the serial innovator. The University of Pennsylvania team, made up of Elizabeth Beattie, Nick McGill, Nick Parrotta, and Niko Vladimirovm, will get $45,000 (with another $15,000 or so going to their school) and an avalanche of publicity for their project. They’re the first American team to take the top prize in the competition’s 9 year history.
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