Here are some reasons why humans need exoskeletons:
To Gain Strength and Endurance
Perhaps you need to assemble an extraordinarily complex product such as an aircraft. Exoskeleton suits allow workers to lift a panel, for example, then rotate it and position it in the precise area. Endurance is also extended, allowing workers to be productive for longer periods of time without debilitating fatigue.
To Be More Flexible
Take victim rescue in the case of an earthquake. You need something extremely flexible to be able to intervene rapidly, remove rubble, and rescue the victim without harming them.
To Regain Mobility
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 288,000 people live with a spinal cord injury in this country. The medical costs associated with such injuries can total millions over the person’s lifetime, to be sure, but the pain and limited mobility involved in such an injury can spur feelings of hopelessness and depression. Assistive exoskeletons can give people a new hope and a new way to get around.
To Reduce Strain
Assistive robotic machines such as exoskeletons can assist the lower half of a person’s body, to reduce the fatigue and strain of repetitive bending and lifting, as well as to protect lower backs and knees from injury. Those exosuits designed for the upper body will protect the shoulders, back and neck.
Our wearable EksoVests, for example, can prevent the fatigue and stress for workers in car manufacturing factories that comes from lifting their arms overhead an average of 4,600 times a day. This technology is designed to reduce fatigue and the possibility of injury by supporting and elevating the worker’s arms while they assemble parts at chest height or higher.