PARIS, April 8 (UPI) -- Exoskeleton technologies are being jointly developed by French technology company Sagem and an Italian robotics laboratory.
The development comes under an agreement signed earlier this year by Sagem and Percro, the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory of the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa.
“Sagem will be responsible for the physiological and bio-mechanical evaluation of these new exoskeleton systems, while Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa will focus on research into control, applied mechanics and mechatronics,” Sagem said. “The partnership will lead to the development and construction of prototypes for testing by about 2017.”
An exoskeleton is an independent electro-mechanical structure worn by a person. It can multiply physical capabilities for carrying heavy loads as well as enhance mobility and precision.
Sagem said new technology breakthroughs in digital processing, miniature sensors and control devices will be leveraged in the development of practical systems.
Financing for the program will come from investments by Sagem and from Horizon 2020, European Union research and innovation program.