In what looks like science fiction turning into reality, a young Indian student has successfully created a functional robotic suit despite having a small budget. Vimal Govin Manikandan from MES College of Engineering in Kerala was able to build the battery-powered and functional exoskeleton by spending just Rs. 51,000.
Manikandan is confident that the suit will be put to good use by the military in the future for lifting weights up to 150 kgs. The bright youngster’s paper on the project was selected from amongst applicants belonging to 13 countries for a special conference on mechanics and manufacturing in Singapore.
Although Manikandan’s suit isn’t free of glitches like lack of more freedom of movement for the wearer and short battery-life; he is confident that his invention will only develop for the better if he manages to find the right sponsors.