Human Universal Load Carrier Exoskeleton From Berkeley Bionics

The Human Universal Load Carrier, the latest exoskeleton from Berkeley Bionics, is now available for advance orders. According to the company, a HULC user can walk normally while carrying up to 200 pounds of additional weight.

The system consists of the following:

  • Two powered anthropomorphic legs
  • A power unit
  • A small onboard microcomputer
  • Backpack frame for heavy loads
Take a look at this video of the Human Universal Load Carrier in action.


(From the makers of the BLEEX)

For science-fictional examples of exoskeletons, see the titanium exoskeleton from A Specter is Haunting Texas (Fritz Lieber, 1968) and the powered armor from Starship Troopers (Robert Heinlein, 1959)

You might need some sort of power-assist to work through these real-life exoskeleton stories:

- HAL-5 Exoskeleton To Carry Mountain Climber
- Robotic Ankle Exoskeleton Helps Users Regain Limb Function
- MIT Exoskeleton Shoulders The Weight For You
- Honda Walking Assist Exoskeleton Video
- DARPA Wants Exoskeletons
- HAL-5 Robot Suit
- HAL Robotic Suit Ready For Production
- Power Pedal Exoskeleton From Matsushita
- Sarcos Exoskeleton Video

Via NewScientist.

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