Heavy combat loads are the bane of a grunt’s existence.
Help, however, may be on the way for soldiers and Marines if the services buy into Lockheed Martin’s Human Universal Load Carrier — a robotic exoskeleton that permits users to carry 200-pound loads for extended periods.
The battery operated system has an on-board computer that moves titanium legs in harmony with a soldier’s body. The untethered, hydraulic powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton permits deep squats, crawling and impressive upper body lifting. The company also believes HULC will have application in both industry and health care.