Another milestone on the road towards living a comic book fantasy with the news the University of Limerick has been awarded EU science funding in the development of a human exoskeleton, or as I like to call it, an Iron Man suit.
UL to design human exoskeleton - RTÉ NewsA team of researchers at the University of Limerick have been awarded €480,000 in funding to help develop a human exoskeleton.
An exoskeleton could be used to minimise the risk of lower back injury among those in the workplace who carry out repeated manual handling.
It is estimated that 44m EU workers are affected by work related musculoskeletal disorders every year.
It is thought that work related musculoskeletal disorders cost the EU economy more than €240bn.
The project called the Robomate project aims to develop an exoskeleton for use in the workplace which would help reduce back injury.
The UL team will receive the money as part of a €5.8m European wide project, funded under the EU's Framework Programme 7.
Bloody EU funding our universities. Will the torment from Brussels ever end?