Where most shoulder support exoskeletons are focused around the shoulders the Shiva Exo goes further in both directions and is an elbow-shoulder-hip exoskeleton. This passive exoskeleton can be adjusted for both pick-and-carry applications as well as overhead work. The Shiva Exo does not follow the contours of the human body closely but instead utilizes two mechanical extension arms projecting on either side of a waist belt. The wearable also includes a neck support extension that can be integrated with the exoskeleton or worn separately.
The Shiva Exo is designed to be a simple mechanical solution that reduces the stresses passing through the shoulders and back of the user. It takes advantage of a combination of fiberglass springs that provide an iso-elastic thrust at the arms “constant effort over the entire angular range of use of the arm.”
The Shiva Exo offers a somewhat unusual body coverage by combining elements of both a shoulder support and hip back-support exoskeleton, with further coverage at the elbows. Perhaps this will prove to be a successful model with more exo developers to follow?
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