Assembly line workers at Ford lift their arms an average of 4,600 times per day, according to the company — and workers certainly feel the effects.
“My job entails working over my head, so when I get home my back, neck and shoulders usually hurt,” Paul Collins, a worker at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant, said in the statement. “Since I started using the vest, I’m not as sore, and I have more energy to play with my grandsons when I get home.”
The EksoVest can be adjusted to fit workers ranging in height from 5 feet to 6'4". Ekso Bionics says the exoskeleton can be used at construction sites or in distribution centers as well as in factories.
And Ekso is not alone in trying to refine this technology. SuitX, a Berkeley, California-based startup, designed a workplace exoskeleton that redirects loads and provides lift assistance for construction workers and timber cutters. Other companies are developing robotic exosuits for people with mobility issues, senior citizens and the military.
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