An exoskeleton developed by a Quebec-based company could make a considerable difference in war zones in the coming years. Their innovation, Uprise, can relieve the weight of any load being carried on someone’s shoulders. This technology could translate to a billion dollar industry.
A soldier carries on average between 87 to 127 pounds on the day to day. All this weight induces countless injuries on the vertebrae and the musculoskeletal system of a person. It is estimated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that more than 500M US$ are annually spent to compensate soldiers suffering from those kinds of injuries.
The solution designed by Mawashi, a company located in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, is an exoskeleton that allows the carrier to relieve 50 to 70% of the weight he is currently carrying. This product would cost between 3000 to 20 000 $CAN depending on the product specifications. Their vision would mean a drastic change in the quality of life of soldiers all around the world. It could even save their life. It would, at the same time, change the way wars are being waged.
The market opportunities for Uprise are very optimistic. Every army in the world can benefit from this technology. They all have a keen interest in the matter. This design is also profitable for any industry involving individuals who have heavy weights to carry. Their prototype is the first in line. Test phases, coordinated with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), have begun and preliminary results are promising. The american market has already invested considerable amounts in the project and the canadian market is following suit. With all this potential, it is hard to know just how far this technology could go.
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