BMW, GE, Delta And Others Want To Put Workers In This Crazy Exoskeleton

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Big names including BMW, GE, Caterpillar and Delta Air Lines are collaborating on ways to give workers superpowers. Or at least powered full-body exoskeletons that can combine the strength, endurance and precision of machines with human intelligence and dexterity.

On Wednesday Sarcos Robotics announced the creation of an Exoskeleton Technical Advisory Group (“X-TAG”) focused on industry and made up of executives from Bechtel, BMW, Caterpillar, Delta, GE, Schlumberger, Würth Industry and others.

Sarcos, industry groups and the X-TAG plan to work together on ways to bring the company’s Iron Man-like suits to the workforce.

“The X-TAG members will identify key use cases, performance expectations and safety requirements to ensure commercial powered exoskeletons align with the needs of their workers and business,” a Sarcos representative told me.

 We’ve seen similar approaches taken with exoskeletons created for soldiers, but Sarcos has been looking to take their designs into the field, warehouses and other workplaces.

“The opportunity to deploy powered, full-body industrial exoskeletons that reduce injury and dramatically enhance human strength, endurance and precision is more proximate than most people realize,” said Ben Wolff, chairman and CEO of Sarcos Robotics.

Sarcos’ Guardian XO and XO Max exoskeletons have been under development and promise the ability to don the equipment in less than a minute while giving workers the ability to lift up to 80 or 100 pounds, respectively, for hours at a time without the wearer bearing any of the load.
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