Good gear is essential to guarantee the safety and performance of military personnel. In the last hundred years, the amount of equipment and therefore the total weight being carried by soldiers, has increased dramatically. In some missions soldiers need to carry up to 60 kg of equipment. Even though better equipment offers many benefits, the increase in weight also has a downside: Soldiers suffer from wear and tear on joints and shoulders. Small injuries and pain have a negative effect on the situational awareness increasing the risk of injury during a mission.
To increase safety and performance of our military personnel. DEC M&U, TNO and InteSpring took on the “weight challenge”, which has led to the development of the Exobuddy. The Exobuddy is a military exoskeleton that is able to support more than 50% of the soldier’s load, thus reducing pain. A unique feature of the Exobuddy is that no additional batteries or actuators are needed. Exobuddy’s patented technology converts the forward motion of the soldier into a supporting power, reducing heavy-load to light-weight