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Wearexable excavator - sketches - Wearable excavator designed for IVT International magazine.
Wearexable excavator - operator station - Wearable excavator designed for IVT International magazine.
Wearexable excavator - Wearable excavator designed for IVT International magazine.
Wearexable excavator - Wearable excavator designed for IVT International magazine.
Wearexable excavator - Wearable excavator designed for IVT International magazine.
Wearexable excavator - Wearable excavator designed for IVT International magazine.
Wearexable excavator - article - Wearable excavator designed for IVT International magazine.
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Wearexable excavator

Wearexable excavator designed for IVT International magazine - September 2009.

Design Challenge brief: "Create a wearable industrial vehicle for materials handling, light construction or agricultural use."

Comments (14)
  • Great study Alberto, I first saw this in the iVT design comp - one I was stopped from taking part in! Using twin dozer blades is a really simple way to get stability for this sort of excavator and I love the way the machine retracts its legs to allow full slewing. Nice work and thanks for the kind comments. GM

    10 years ago

  • Thank you for your comments Gary. It's really kind of you. The initial design had tracks instead of legs. Richard said "... looks pretty cool... but I'm not sure this could really be described as 'wearable'?". Then I thought about a walking system controlled by the operator legs by sliding on the semi-elliptical frame (initially just a safety feature). Concerning the blades, inspiration came from the Pingon excavators. I'm proud of the walking system since I managed to create it in 3 days.

    10 years ago

  • This was one of the first of Alberto's machines I saw a few years ago and I've been a big fan ever since. Futuristic but very real. Its something I'd love to take home and play with. Very well done Alberto.

    10 years ago

  • Thanks a lot Jon. It's a honour for me to read your nice comments about my designs.

    10 years ago

  • Thank you Jasper!

    10 years ago

  • What is the application? How does it walk without sinking into the ground? How does it maintain center of gravity?

    10 years ago

  • As a wearable machine it pretends to be an extension of the human body developing its limitations. Thus it would provide a human being with the power enough to excavate. It could also be seen as an excavator which would offer improved access to tight spaces or hilly sites. I recommend the brilliant article by Steven Casey you can find in the same IVT issue: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/630382ac#/630382ac/34

    10 years ago

  • Pretty cool concept!

    10 years ago

  • Love those robotic legs!

    10 years ago

  • Thank you Yovan! I appreciate your comment.

    10 years ago

  • Thank you Yovan! The shapes are linked to the boom and stick.

    10 years ago

  • Thanks a lot Anthony! Very kind comments. I appreciate them.

    10 years ago

  • WOW))) I LIKE!!!

    10 years ago

  • Thank you!

    10 years ago

Alberto Seco
Industrial designer Bilbao, Spain