Newly developed robotic suits that could help transform life for factory workers, nurses and people in care have been unveiled by electronics giant Panasonic.
One of the exterior skeletons has been designed to lessen the stress put on the wearer’s body when they lift heavy items.
Suits cut physical stress put on body
The exoskeleton senses when its wearer is lifting a heavy item, sending a signal to its motors. They then raise the upper body at the same time as pushing down on the thighs to reduce the stress the weight is putting on the body.
Another suit, meanwhile, is being developed by Panasonic to enable people to move more easily when they are running or walking.
Panasonic scientists are also working on robotic aids that it hopes will help the elderly and those in care perform everyday tasks such as getting out of bed and getting themselves to the bathroom.
A lifting mechanism on the device means carers and nurses will not have to lift patients themselves, reducing their chances of suffering an injury if they do so incorrectly.
Exoskeleton had World Cup role
Scientists in the US, meanwhile, have developed an ankle exoskeleton that improves the wearer’s mobility.
Two years ago a paralysed man wearing an exoskeleton controlled by his brain launched the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by kicking the first ball of the tournament.
Date Published: April 10, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown