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Human Universal Load Carrier
The HULC is an untethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton that is intended to help soldiers in combat carry a load of up to 200 pounds at a top speed of 10 miles per hour for continued durations. Under DARPA, Professor H. Kazerooni ( a roboticist and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley) and his team at Ekso Bionics made the Human Universal Load Carrier, or HULC. After being worked on for nine years by Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory, the system was discussed openly at the AUSA Winter Symposium on February 26, 2009.
The HULC is a battery-powered, lower extremity exoskeleton. It can hold up to 200 pounds, distributed between the front and back of the equipment. Loads can be connected to the exoskeleton system and transported by the exoskeleton.
The HULC provides power assistance at the hip and knee joint. It's hydraulic system is highly efficient, allowing it to run on batteries. The HULC is also easy to put on. It arrives folded in a small package, so soldiers just have to stretch out a leg and step into foot beds underneath the boot. Straps then wrap around the thighs, waist and shoulders. Sensors in the foot pads transmit data to an onboard microcomputer that moves the hydraulic system to compliment the operator’s actions. The adaptability of the system allows soldiers to run, walk, kneel, crawl, and even go into low squats.