Shipyard workers could soon use robotic exoskeleton suit to walk around with up to 100-kilogram metal parts, without even feeling them. Image © Daewoo
Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, one of the largest shipbuilders in the world, wants to produce robot exoskeleton suits to give superhuman strength at their workers.
Gilwhoan Chu, the lead engineer for the firm’s research and development arm, says:
“The pilot showed that the exoskeleton does help workers perform their tasks and that his team is working to improve the prototypes so that they can go into regular use in the shipyard, where robots already run a large portion of a hugely complex assembly system.”
The system can fit at a person between 160 and 185 centimeters tall. Workers do not feel the weight of its 28-kilogram frame, as the suit supports itself and is engineered to follow the wearer’s movements.
It has a 3-hour battery life.
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