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The Army's robo-exoskeleton will help soldiers shoot straighter

The Army's robo-exoskeleton will help soldiers shoot straighter

The first time I went target shooting with a pistol, I was surprised at how hard it was to keep the pistol steady. Video games definitely hadn't prepared me for that challenge.

And it's actually a problem for everyone, especially when they're in the early stages of learning. Training does help, but it's always an obstacle to accuracy. Now, the Army thinks it might have a solution.

That solution is called MAXFAS and it's an exoskeleton arm right out of science fiction. "Using a combination of carbon fiber, mounted motors, cables, and algorithms, the so-called MAXFAS works a bit like a puppeteer and helps stabilize a shooter’s arm."

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OK, Iron Man it isn't. However, MAXFAS will dampen out minor tremors while not interfering with larger movement like moving the gun to aim at a different target.

Right now the Army plans to use it for training to improve accuracy with less time and wasted ammunition. However, the developer, Dan Baechle, hopes that a more portable version will one day make its way to the battlefield.

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Source: Gizmodo
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