updated 11:41 AM EDT, Fri October 25, 2013 | Filed under: Innovations
(CNN) -- In the past, if you wanted to be able to be
able to lift more weight you would have to spend months bulking up at
the gym. Now, with a new invention from a group of engineering students
at the University of Pennsylvania, you can just strap on an external
bicep and you are ready to go.
The bionic device, called
the Titan Arm, is the brainchild of four mechanical engineering
students who, in their final undergraduate year, built an upper-body
exoskeleton that can be used in physical therapy and manual labor. The
invention won its inventors $10,000 in the Cornell Cup for Innovation and has recently been shortlisted for the 2013 Dyson award.
"With the Titan Arm, we wanted to create something that could both
augment a user's natural strength as well as help someone perform
physical therapy in their own home," says Elizabeth Beattie, one of the
Titan Arm's inventors. "We wanted to create something that was low-cost
and easy for a user to put on and strap to themselves."