August 14, 2016:Â If you are a fan of superheroes, it is highly likely that you may have fancied having your own Ironman suit.
So did Vimal Govind Manikandan, an engineering student from Kerala. But unlike most others, he has an Ironman suit of his own, because Vimal decided to make one for himself.
And it is no ordinary ‘costume’. Vimal’s suit is fully functional, weighs around 100 kg, and can lift up to 150kg thanks to battery-powered pressurised air chambers. But sorry folks, it can’t fly).
Even though Vimal has no plans to turn himself into a superhero, he says the suit has future potential.
“Actually the future of this product is mainly in defence, industrial weight lifting, material handling etc,” he said.
Vimal says he was inspired by Hollywood movies to build the robot, especially the suits in the AvengersÂ movie. In fact, this isnâ€™t even his first exosuit. His team built their first prototype back in 2015, which was much larger but mechanically-powered.
The young engineer and his team are now working on improving the prototype, especially to fix its walking ability, which Vimal admits, is restricted now.