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UPenn students' robotic arm wins prestigious award

November 7, 2013
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A strength-increasing robotic arm created by University of Pennsylvania engineering students is the winner of a prestigious international design award.

The team of four Penn engineering students is the first U.S. team to win the James Dyson Award, created by the multibillionaire inventor perhaps best known for his high-tech vacuum cleaners.

The Penn team's winning invention is called Titan Arm. It's an exoskeleton that increases arm strength by 40 pounds. It was developed for use in occupational lifting and physical therapy.

Students Elizabeth Beattie, Nick McGill, Nick Parrotta and Niko Vladimirom, will split about $46,000. The award includes an additional $16,000 for Penn's mechanical engineering department.

The Dyson Award challenges young designers from 18 countries to create products that can solve a range of issues.



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