Back Exoskeleton to Assist Lifting

While there has been significant research into development of exoskeletons, few if any have emerged for practical use.


This innovation includes a number of approaches to designing exoskeletons that assist with lifting objects. The resulting exoskeletons provide torque around the waist and lower back to assist in lifting objects weighing up to 25-30% of the user's bodyweight without additional strain. The devices are unpowered, easy to put on and remove, promote good posture, and are unrestrictive to walking and other user motions. Key design features that provide these functional benefits include the topology of the hinges and linkages, and the differentials provided for each leg of the user. These exoskeletons are also comparatively low-weight and low-cost.

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Rozzy Finn
Licensing Officer
Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
Alan Asbeck
Sarah Chang
Jack Geissinger
Taylor Pesek