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posted by martyb on Thursday December 07 2017, @10:46PM   Printer-friendly
from the approved-by-Ellen-Louise-Ripley,-believe-it-or-not dept.

away from the the fictional world of blockbusting movies, robotic exoskeletons offer more prosaic and useful help for humans.

The military has been in on the act for years, using them to help soldiers carry more weight for longer periods of time. Meanwhile manufacturers have been busy creating robotic suits to give mobility to people with disabilities.

But now exoskeletons are becoming an important part of the scene in more conventional workplaces, mainly because of their unique offering.

"Exoskeletons act as a bridge between fully-manual labour and robotic systems. You get the brains of people in the body of a robot," says Dan Kara, research director at ABI Research.

"But there's more to it than that. You can tie the use of exoskeletons to business benefits that are very easy to quantify. The main one is a reduction in work-related injuries, and we know that outside the common cold, back injury is the main reason people are off work."

Can exoskeletons defeat union rules?


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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Friday December 08 2017, @12:03AM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 08 2017, @12:03AM (#607050) Journal

    The left over parts litter the research work room.

    Because in the real world these don't actually exist beyond of a research project or a medical application.

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