Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Power amplification robot by Panasonic

Panasonic recently announced that they would sell a commercial version of an exoskeleton that their subsidiary, ActiveLink, has been working on. 

It’s designed to increase its wearer’s carrying capacity by 15 kg/33 lbs. This suit uses carbon-fiber, a number of sensors and motors and weighs just 13 lbs. It attaches to the wearers back, legs and feet. They’ve been testing it in warehouses in Osaka and with forestry workers.

ActiveLink is working on a larger version that will enable the operator to carry an additional 100 kg/220 lbs.

Here’s a link to a video of their big exoskeleton in action: http://activelink.co.jp/common/images/powerloader.wmv

I'd bet, at the right price, big box stores, commercial warehouses and the folks over at Weyland-Yutani would find this useful.

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