Wearable muscle suit makes heavy lifting a cinch

April 23, 2012 | Source: New Scientist

The Saya robot (credit: Hiroshi Kobayashi/Tokyo University of Science)

Hiroshi Kobayashi’s team at the Tokyo University of Science in Japan has developed a┬áseries of cybernetic exoskeletons.

Scheduled for commercial release early next year, a wearable robot takes two forms: one augmenting the arms and back that is aimed at areas of commerce where heavy lifting is required; and a lighter, 5 kg version that will target the nursing industry to assist in lifting people in and out of bed, for example.