MAXFAS Exoskeleton Gives Your Shooting Hand A Super-Steady Aim

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No matter how accurate of a sharpshooter you are, you’re bound to miss sometime. Unlike sniper robots, we’re not entirely perfect, with many factors potentially affecting the steadiness of our aim at any given moment. The Mobile Arm Exoskeleton for Firearm Stabilization (MAXFAS) can help with that.

Instead of supplementing you with super-strength like most exoskeletons, this one’s sole purpose is to give you a ridiculously-steady aim. Whether you’re being bugged by an insect, starting to feel discomfort on your elbow, or just have an occasional twitch that happens when you get nervous, this thing is designed to keep your shooting arm and hand fixed throughout the entire ordeal.

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MAXFAS accomplishes this by restricting your arm’s movement, allowing it to actively reduce small involuntary movements without affecting the large, voluntary movements you’ll require to aim and shoot. That means, small twitches due to fatigue or similar factors will no longer register, all while big actions like waving, aiming a rifle, and pulling the trigger will be unaffected.

Currently in developmental test form, the existing system uses motors that pull the arm using cables, stabilizing it and damping out the natural tremors that occur in the field. It’s not actually mobile for now (far from it), but they’re looking at being able to shrink down the system to a size that a soldier can carry on his back to give them superhuman aiming abilities every time they do battle in the field.

You can learn more about MAXFAS from the link below.

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  1. Sean

    I think this is an awesome idea, and being a war-veteran myself, would love to see these implemented across the branches, specifically the Army and Marines. Experiencing fatigue and other distractions in the battlefield can literally mean the difference between life and death! This looks extremely high-tech and cool. I would agree that it needs to be taken down greatly in size, but this is the prototype after all. I wonder if a smaller device that has similar functionality could actually be produced with a 3-D printer? So might be a silly question but, can this fire for you as well? Would love to see a command put into place such as a voice command to FIRE!

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