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MK III Upper Extremity Exoskeleton

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-15-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: S2-0232
Amount: $1,499,979.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 739552
Solicitation Number: 2000.0
Solicitation Year: 2000
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-02-26
Small Business Information
1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA 94804
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Russ Angold
 (415) 465-7877
Business Contact
 Russ Angold
Phone: (415) 465-7877
Research Institution
 Stanford Research Institute
 Margaret Baxter
Stanford Research Institute 333 Ravenswood Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States

 (650) 859-4424
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

As the carry and protective gear of the modern war fighter increases, the burden on the human body will necessarily increase. In our present TALOS MkIII project, we are developing lower body augmentation to preserve speed and agility while bearing this weight. Yet we cannot ignore the impact of this weight on the upper body: in this project we propose to develop an upper body exoskeleton with passive actuation and a novel, light weight transmission to articulate the shoulder, elbow, and possibly wrist joints. The device will provide gravity compensation for the total weight of arms, leaving the operator unencumbered by their mass, as well as being adjustable to provide significantly more assistance for specific applications. This system will then form the base platform for a fully powered arm exoskeleton in a future program; by providing the maximal passive assistance in this effort, the energetic efficiency of that future exoskeleton will be maximized. In conjunction with our teammates, we will use the latest technologies to develop a lightweight fully functional untethered lower body exoskeleton at a Technology Readiness Level 6.

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