There are a number of exoskeletons around the world that are being developed to provide support and, strength to those in need. Now a new exoskeleton has been created that uses hydrogen for energy.
Created by Alex Lab, who shared a video of himself on YouTube developing artificial hydrogen muscles in what looks like his garage, this exoskeleton is a must-see.
You can watch and learn as Alex walks you through his creation and process.
The Iron Man creation isn’t too different from a number of other exoskeleton suit projects, but the fact that this one is powered by hydrogen is what sets it apart. Plus, Alex’s lightness in his video makes the whole process really fun.
The artificial muscles used by Alex consist of a rubber tube inside a nylon braid.
As it feeds the “muscle”, the rubber tube inflates, expands, just like the nylon braid. It literally moves like a muscle, expanding and contracting like the real ones.
Expands and retracts like a real muscle.
Usually, this type of movement in the muscles of the exoskeleton is created by compressed air. Alex, different from others decided to use hydrogen for his creation.
The water is electrolyzed in a device designed to resemble Iron Man’s arc reactor, and, the gases produced by this method are what ultimately fuel the muscles.
After testing out what the effects are on a rubber tube and nylon braid, Alex proceeds to put together five tubes and braids, putting them together in an arm to see how much they become one.
Together, they work wonderfully and can lift up to 15 kg (33 lbs). Alex proves this Invention by lifting a radiator only with the force of the exoskeleton.
Using hydrogen all movements are much quieter and, simpler than when using a regular air compressor.
The main risk is fire because the hydrogen system is more flammable; however, Alex walks through these risks and, how to avoid them in his video.
Watch how he did it: