Lockheed Martin developed this exoskeleton with the purpose to increase and enhance soldier’s strength and mobility. HULC (short for Human Universal Load Carrier) is developed for both military and civilian usage and is hydraulic autonomous exoskeleton that provides you with the ability to carry loads of up to 200 pounds (90kg) for long periods of time and across different types of terrain. It is un-tethered which significantly increases HULC’s mobility compared with other similar, but wired systems.
HULC is equipped with an onboard micro-computer which adjusts the exoskeleton with its wearer’s moves. Its design allows to be used even when battery is low and mobility is not cut off then. Also HULC is able to support the same maximum load with no matter if the power is on or off. Two belts tied to the on-shoulders modules substitutes the hands used in another models of exoskeletons. The “legs” are made of titanium and allows the soldier to run with 7 mph speed for up to 12 miles distance.
Engineers of Lockheed Martin see the potential of this technology so they research for possibilities to apply it in many other areas such as heavy industries and healthcare (for example, to help a human with skeletal problems to walk or move easier).