Are exoskeletons the future of physical labor?

Ford and others are experimenting with wearable robotics [Read More]

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Since May of this year, Collins — who goes by “Woody” and has worked in the plant since 1995 — has been beta-testing an #exoskeleton vest.
Exoskeletons are not new technology; journals and research papers point to the development of #exoskeleton’s back in the 1960s, mostly for military purposes.
The vest that Paul Collins has been wearing at Ford is made by Ekso Bionics, a Richmond, California-based company.
“If they try to take it away, they’d probably have a fight on their hands now,” Collins told me.
Their products aren’t #exoskeleton suits in the traditional sense; instead, early prototypes look more like gym clothes, with motors and sensors built in.

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As major companies start to take interest in #exoskeleton suits, it raises the question as to whether they’re becoming less of a concept and more of a reality. #Trend

Source: The Verge