Local College Students Win Distinguished Award For 'Titan Arm' - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Local College Students Win Distinguished Award For 'Titan Arm'

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

The James Dyson Award tasks next generation designers from 18 countries with creating products to solve a range of issues. Never has a team from the United States won this award, until now.

The project that won this year is called Titan Arm. It is an exoskeleton that increases human strength and also provides data for doctors. It can be used by occupational lifers or by people with upper body injuries who need mobility assistance or want to regain their independence.

The Titan Arm's designers are engineering students from University of Pennsylvania, the coveted Ivy League university in Philadelphia. Three of the four designers, Elizabeth Beattie, Nick McGill, and Nick Parrotta, spoke to Good Day today about the Titan Arm.

"We were really inspired by other exoskeletal work out there and seeing how this could improve people's lives," said Parrotta.

Watch the whole segment above to see a demonstration of the product.

"We actually developed it for about 2,000 dollars," said Parrotta. "Which is considerably cheaper than existing exoskeleton."

The James Dyson Award gives the team £30,000 to further develop their design. In addition, £10,000 will be given to the University of Pennsylvania Engineering department.

"Hi parents," Sheneille Jones said to the camera. "You did a great job. Whatever you fed them, I'm going to feed my kids."

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • PECO Investigating Gas Odor in Phila Region

    PECO Investigating Gas Odor in Phila Region

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:15:46 GMT
    A spokesperson for PECO confirms to Fox 29 News that crews are trying to find the source of a gas odor that has resulted in hundreds of calls to PECO on Saturday.About 400 calls have been placedto PECO as of 4pm Saturday; that is an elevated number of calls than a normal day, the spokesperson says. Crews that are trained in gas odor response are spread throughout the area to try to pinpoint the source of the odor. Reports of gas odors have been made by customers in Delaware, Montgomery, Chest...
    A spokesperson for PECO confirms to Fox 29 News that crews are trying to find the source of a gas odor that has resulted in hundreds of calls to PECO on Saturday.About 400 calls have been placedto PECO as of 4pm Saturday; that is an elevated number of calls than a normal day, the spokesperson says. Crews that are trained in gas odor response are spread throughout the area to try to pinpoint the source of the odor. Reports of gas odors have been made by customers in Delaware, Montgomery, Chest...
  • Students Prepare To Return To School With Free Supplies

    Students Prepare To Return To School With Free Supplies

    Saturday, August 30 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-08-30 22:15:25 GMT
    We all know Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but it also mean something else...back to school.
    We all know Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but it also mean something else...back to school.
  • Summer Heat Returns

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-30 20:11:25 GMT

    The rest of the holiday weekend continues to look warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increase late Sunday and Labor Day.

    The heat and humidity will continue to expand Sunday into Labor Day. There is a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms both day.  Best chance will be in the afternoon and evening. 

    Sunday (88/69): Clouds/Storm

    Monday (90/71): Clouds/Storm

    Tuesday (92/72): Clouds/Storm

     

     

Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices