SU­PER­SUITS FOR HEAVY IN­DUS­TRY

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Strap on a Dual Arm Power Am­pli­fi­ca­tion Ro­bot, made by a Pana­sonic sub­sidiary, and you’ll soon be lift­ing 100kg loads with­out break­ing a sweat. Other ex­o­suits for in­dus­trial tasks are be­ing de­vel­oped by Hyundai in South Korea, and Cy­ber­dyne in Ja­pan. But none have seen wide­spread adop­tion as yet. It might not have the cool fac­tor of an ex­oskele­ton, but we al­ready have hu­man en­hance­ment de­vices for hoist­ing heavy loads – the tried and tested fork­lift. In the end, the up­take of a tech­nol­ogy comes down to eco­nomics, says Mc­daid. “What value does the ex­oskele­ton add? And does that value exceed the cost of the de­vice?” Not yet, it seems.

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