Prediction: You’ll see a whole bunch of people wearing robots at work in 2018

Source: ZDNet (December 4, 2017)  |

It’s been a long, rocky road for powered robotic exoskeletons … most of which are still incapable of walking down long and rocky roads.

But exoskeleton markets are set to reach $2.8 billion by 2023, up from $299.8 million in 2017, according to a global forecast by ReportsnReports.

That’s an enormous spike — and I’d guess a slightly inflated one. But the signs are hard to ignore: Exoskeleton technology is market-ready, and a variety of industries are looking seriously at adopting the technology.

…North America held the largest share of the exoskeleton market in 2016, and North American companies should be the biggest players in the next year. I recently wrote about Utah-based Sarcos, which developed one of the first powered exoskeletons under a DARPA grant in the early 2000s.

Sarcos is now bringing two exoskeletons to market that I think have a good shot at being the first blockbuster powered industrial exoskeletons, the Guardian GT and the Guardian XO. One is a proper exoskeleton suit, the other a tele-operated robot suitable for remote operation in places like nuclear reactors.

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