Designing an Exoskeleton

Hi guys! I know I’m super late with this assignment, but I’ve had school this week, so I have been super busy. I also don’t have a way to upload a picture, so I will do the best I can to describe this invention.

My invention would be something of an exoskeleton. It would be a separate, and much larger, body that would work through our own thoughts. It would expand upon the existing functions of our brain. It would operate via a series of sensors placed into the brain that would send the information by wireless transmission to the exoskeleton to allow for movement of arms, hands, legs, feet, torso, etc.
This would be a helpful device for people who are not capable of moving around by themselves; be it a stroke victim, war veteran, a person who was born paralyzed, etc. By using circuits in the brain to control a “new body” these individuals would regain a life that they thought they had lost, or would never have to begin with.
Before we could do this, however, there is much more we need to learn about the function and over all structure of the brain. There have been advances that allow for some movement of a robotically maneuvered limb, but what I am describing is a full body, or half body, system for the user to wear in order to gain mobility and function in that area or set of areas. The difference here is that the technology would have to be very advanced, and the sensors would have to be highly specialized in order to decipher the large amount of information that they would be processing. Is this supposed to be moving the right arm up, or the left leg out? These seem to be very simple questions, but in terms of the neural circuits, we would have to have a large amount of information about the function of specific brain regions. This is where an fMRI would put to use. By mapping these out these regions, and designing each individual person’s new exoskeleton, each piece of machinery would be specialized for that user.
If this device would be used to allow people to walk in it, the machine would have to be able to maintain balance and support the weight of the user. By seeing the difficulties engineers are having with a perfectly mobile robot, this part of the invention seems to be a part that could take a while to develop.
As there is already technology very similar to this, I’m not sure how much longer it will be before this is available. It may have already been invented, but it definitely isn’t available to be placed on the market. In my mind I picture this as a common piece of technology that is widely available to many people all over the world. The amount of patients, people, children, that could be helped by something like this is a lot higher than I would even like to think about. So, to answer the question, with the rate in which discoveries are being made in the realm, I would hope that at least in the next fifty or so years this invention will be marketable to the public.

One response to “Designing an Exoskeleton”

  1. Hannah Bukzin says:

    This sounds like a really cool idea. Based on the technology already existing, I would say we are not too far away from coming up with something of this level of technology.

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