The project is based on developing a wearable exoskeleton for nurses aimed to provide support over the lumbar region of the human spine. When you strain your lower back, massive pressure is exerted on the area and causes muscles and ligaments to stretch excessively and when weight is added to the lumbar spine, that region experiences excess pressure.
Students from the Sahrdaya College of Engineering & Technology Student Branch are creating an exoskeleton that will provide support to the lumbar spine region. The motor in the exoskeleton provides the process to pull the upper limb upright which transmits the pressure from the shoulder to the legs thus reducing the stress on the lumbar region. The team estimates that the overall weight of the exoskeleton is over 8kg including two motors to provide the needed pull to ease the process of lifting.
EPICS in IEEE (Fischer-Mertel Community of Projects) granted this team $205 to complete this project and deploy a prototype in the community.