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Power Suit for Disaster Relief: Robot Exoskeleton from German Bionic Supports Rescue Teams During Challenging Missions

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Specially developed for deployment in disaster-stricken areas, Augsburg-based robotics specialist German Bionic introduces its new Cray + exoskeleton model. Possible application scenarios for the portable robot system include rescue missions following natural disasters as well as serious traffic accidents or terrorist attacks. External skeletons, or exoskeletons as they are more commonly referred to, are human-machine systems combining human intelligence with machine power to support or amplify the movements of the wearer. The technology incorporated in the Cray is based on the successful Cray X model, which was developed for implementation in industry and logistics where it has been used for some time. The new disaster relief Cray + model is specially designed for deployment in rescue operations – even if taking place in extreme weather conditions – and also integrates a communication and GPS system. Moreover, the Cray + features electric motors and batteries that are even more powerful than in its sister model, enabling rescue crews to lift heavy objects or necessary equipment as long and with as much power as possible in an emergency situation.

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“In the event of major disasters, relief workers and rescue teams go to the limits of their physical and mental capabilities. To best cope with this job, which is all too often a matter of life and death, they deserve to be equipped with the most advanced and powerful equipment possible,” says Armin G. Schmidt, CEO of German Bionic. “The German Bionic Cray + was jointly conceived with civil protection specialists from Japan and manufactured in Augsburg, Germany. It allows for use in areas and situations where heavy rescue equipment cannot be safely deployed and assists the on-site rescue teams in performing their task, even when subjected to extreme physical pressure.”

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Extremely strong and durable

The German Bionic Cray + robot exoskeleton was specially developed for use in disaster areas. Rescue teams equipped with the Cray + in the future will be capable of lifting and clearing away heavy loads, such as debris or wreckage, with greater ease and endurance. Besides the additional power the rescue workers are provided with by the external skeleton, which is driven by two high-performance electric motors, an integrated GPS transmitter helps track their location in the disaster area. Furthermore, the Cray + can be equipped with a camera allowing live images of the rescue operation to be transmitted directly to the crisis center. The Cray + is supplied with an extra-long-life battery and is suitable for use in even the most extreme weather conditions.

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