It is a known fact that Japan has been researching on exoskeletons for a long time. So far, various types of exoskeletons are designed to support the elderly and enhance the strength of manual laborers. But it was never used for Bionic factory workers. For the first time, Panasonic is bringing to light exoskeletons used in the Bionic factory workers.
A new video from Panasonic remedies that is showing one of the first videos we have seen of an entire team of workers outfitted with exoskeletons. The team of workers lift boxes and work in unison. It is a very real picture of factory work in Japan and the exoskeleton is called the Assist Suit AWN-03. Equipped with a battery that lasts up to eight hours, the company markets the device as lightweight and easy to strap on.
The company also claims that the exoskeleton can reduce the strain on your back when lifting by up to 33 pounds. You may think whether it is really feasible or not. Well, for now, Japan can afford that. But whether the companies will need robots instead of exoskeletons – you still have to wait to get the answer.
There is another kind of exoskeleton (the PLN-01 Ninja) that may become common on the streets of Japan in the near future for the country’s elderly population, hikers and delivery workers.