Six Teams Meet This Week in Bionic "Iron Man" competition

Teams from across the U.S. will meet in a robotic showdown that combines both brains & brawn in a competition that matches a human operator with a powered, articulated exoskeleton. Each team has built its own exoskeleton. Team members range from high school students to professional engineers.

Corona, CA (PRWEB) October 22, 2004 -- Tell the Bionic Man to move over! The question is no longer, “Can we make him stronger? Can we make him better?” This weekend, six teams from across the United States will step up to answer the challenge of Tetsujin 2004.

Japanese for “Iron Man,” Tetsujin is a competition designed as a test of imagination, innovation, physical strength, and engineering prowess. Participant teams were challenged to produce a powered, articulated exoskeleton to assist a human operator in lifting weights. The final test will come in a robotic showdown that combines both brains and brawn at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA on Oct. 22 - 23, 2004. Sponsored by SERVO Magazine, Tetsujin 2004 is one of the main events at the RoboNexus Conference, which is expected to be the largest robotics expo in North America, with crowds ranging from 15,000 to 20,000.

Created with wide social views in mind, Tetsujin is more than a robotics competition; it is an attempt to encourage both professional and student engineers to innovate in a direction that will ultimately help people in a wide range of situations. The competition will showcase an emerging technology in the robotics industry which promises applications ranging from national defense improvements to increased mobility for the disabled. “Tetsujin could be the key to developing technology that someday allows people with debilitating injuries to walk again!” said Larry Lemieux, publisher of SERVO Magazine.

The six teams include two from California, one from Connecticut, one from Florida, and two from Texas with skill sets that range from talented high school students to enthusiastic hobbyists to professional mechanical engineers.

For more information, contact Dan Danknick, Editor, SERVO Magazine, (951) 371-8497

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