LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Making its debut at 2017 CES is Furrion's Prosthesis, the world's first exo-bionic mech racing suit. While at first glance, it looks like an intimidating robot, Prosthesis is actually built for the pilot and is the creation of a responsive, stable and powerful exo-bionic platform that amplifies the motions of the pilot. Prosthesis is the first machine of its kind, ushering in a new era of large scale, high-performance mech technology. It represents a departure from conventional, human scale exo-bionic technology, integrating off-road racing with industrial motion control to produce an entirely new breed of human piloted machine.
"Prosthesis is the first innovation of our robotics division and we are excited about the potential the future holds," said Matt Fidler, chief marketing officer for Furrion. "The concept started ten years ago as an art project trying to build a machine that you could walk with. From there the idea grew to develop a brand new human skill (mech racing) that would explore the relationship between man and machine. We think athletes will be excited about the challenge of the new mech racing category and are proud to be the innovators of a new sport."
Prosthesis is built for the pilot. The primary objective of the project is the creation of a responsive, stable and powerful exo-bionic platform that amplifies the motions of the pilot. Prothesis stands at nearly 14 feet tall, 16 feet wide, weighs more than 8,000 pounds and is electric powered. As the first competitor in mech racing, Prothesis can run at 21 mph, jump as high as 10 feet and run for 2 hours on a single charge. The skeleton is made out of chromoly steel, a high-performance alloy used in sports and aerospace. Both durable and agile, it is capable of tackling any terrain. Prosthesis represents the inception of a new, large scale exo-bionic technology platform with an exciting future ahead. We believe that the future belongs to electric power systems, and we are committed to being leaders in the development and application of that technology. Prosthesis is just the first product from the Furrion Robotics division with more to come. The next step will be to finalize the digital interface dashboard and exo-bionic control frame for Prosthesis' racing debut this Spring. It will also be outfitted with Furrion's Vision S observation camera systems for safety and a secondary vantage point. Furrion will continue to innovate with the creation of smaller and more agile mechs allowing the racer greater flexibility and eventually a production model that athletes can purchase for mech racing. Furrion Robotics is a research initiative focused on the development of large scale, high-performance exo-bionic technology. Furrion Robotics is pioneering a new breed of human-piloted, electric-powered mechs.
Furrion is a global technology conglomerate that focuses on developing products and services that enhance consumer lifestyles. Its diverse business includes consumer and professional electronics, home appliances, specialty appliances, renewable energy, automotive navigation, information technology, power management systems and electrical components. Since the company was founded in 2005, Furrion has become the leading supplier of luxury products to the marine, recreational vehicle, specialty vehicle, hotel, residential and adjacent specialty industries with more than 150 percent year-over-year growth for the past eight years. 2017 marks Furrion's introduction into the mainstream US consumer market and its first time exhibiting at the CTA's Consumer Electronic show.
Prosthesis is located at the Furrion booth, South Hall #31269. Due to its size we are unable to demo it on the show floor, but will have the pilot in the mech at 1:30pm daily for photos.
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Furrion (www.furrion.com) is a global technology conglomerate that designs and manufactures products and services that enhance consumer lifestyles. As a leading supplier of luxury products to various industries, Furrion's portfolio includes electronics, appliances, renewable energy, automotive navigation, information technology, power management systems, electrical components and robotics.
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