This exoskeleton is the brainchild of final-year student, Vimal Govind Manikandan from the MES College of Engineering.
He says he was inspired by Hollywood movies, especially Avatar’s fictional AMP (Amplified Mobility Platform) suit.
Ditching expensive and complex software programs and sensors, Manikandan says his G2 prototype uses battery-powered pressurized air-chambers that help the giant robot move about and lift up to 150 kilograms.
Developed with help from college authorities and students, the G2 uses a pneumatic compressor unit – or pressurized-air chamber system – and a control unit which combine to make the prototype workable.
The team of students designed and built the frame with local support.
Manikandan believes his robot can potentially be used in the military and industrial sectors which require the lifting and moving of heavy materials.
Though not as sleek as similar products on the market, like the recently unveiled range of exoskeleton suits by Panasonic, the G2 has one big advantage.
It cost just US$750 to build the prototype.