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Introduction to Exoskeletons


Bengaluru hosted the inaugural international workshop on ‘Emerging Technologies & Challenges for Exoskeleton’ organised by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) on 15th April 2024.


GS III: Science and Technology

Introduction to Exoskeletons:

  • Exoskeletons are wearable devices designed to enhance fundamental human actions, utilized across various fields including Medical, Military, Rescue Operations, Industrial, and Consumer uses.

Medical Applications:

  • In the medical field, exoskeletons aid in occupational therapy, augmentation, and rehabilitation medicine, assisting individuals recovering from accidents to regain normal function.
  • Paediatric exoskeletons cater to children with mobility issues like spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, muscle atrophy, and muscular dystrophy.

Industrial Uses:

  • Exoskeletons find applications in industries where workers perform repetitive tasks such as paint spraying, welding, and assembly line material handling.
  • They help reduce physical strain and enhance productivity by providing support and assistance during strenuous tasks.

Military Utilization:

  • Military personnel benefit from exoskeletons as they alleviate physical strain and augment strength, particularly useful for long-distance walking and carrying heavy loads.
  • Exoskeletons enhance soldiers’ capabilities and endurance, improving operational effectiveness in challenging environments.

Rescue Operations:

  • Exoskeletons aid pre-fighters and rescue workers in surviving hazardous environments, providing support and protection against physical exertion and injuries.
  • These devices enable individuals to navigate through dangerous conditions more effectively, enhancing their overall safety and efficiency.

May 2024