Aug08

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Wearable exoskeletons have been in the works for years, with dozens of suits from researchers all over the world showing off the potential use of these exoskeletons in laboratory tests. Now, researchers at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering facility in Okpo-dong, South Korea have taken their tests to the real world by employing the use of their own robotic exoskeleton designs at their shipyard.

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These exoskeleton suits, which are designed to work alongside the movements of the wearer, was originally unveiled last year in laboratory tests, and has recently moved out into field testing earlier this week. The suits currently allow workers to lift weights over 65 pounds with little effort, and have been shown to be able to life a number of sizable objects including frames, pipes, and metal slabs. The frame runs off of a battery with a life of three hours, and reportedly allows users to walk at a normal pace without obstruction. The exoskeletons even feature a swappable aluminum frame, which can be replaced to carry specific objects or perform certain tasks.

The exoskeletons are still in their prototype stages, and researchers state that versions of the exoskeletons in the future should be able to lift up to 220 lbs. With shipyards like Daewoo already using a number of robots and automated features to ease stresses on workers, these exoskeletons might be the next step to improving shipping times and quality of life in general at work sites all over the world.

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