Tools to help employees with physically demanding jobs are growing. German Bionic, a German start-up specializing in exoskeletons, unveils its new products at CES in Las Vegas. It features Apogee, a new version of his Cray X exoskeleton, as well as a vest that allows you to collect a lot of data.
Up to 30 kg of assistance
The German start-up, known for its Cray X exoskeleton, reveals Apogee. This new exoskeleton for the professional world is lighter and more comfortable than its predecessors. Resistant to water and dust, it offers up to 30 kg of lift assistance and minimizes fatigue with an active walk assistance system. The exoskeleton can be used in various industries such as logistics, construction, health, etc.
In addition to the exoskeleton, the German start-up is unveiling an intelligent ‘Smart SafetyVest’ designed for everyone. This does not provide active assistance, but is equipped with sensors to provide personalized data on posture or ergonomics. German Bionic talks about ergonomic protection. With the data collected, actions and positions are recommended to reduce fatigue and the risk of injury regardless of the type of work performed.
A cloud platform
These smart suits are connected to the German cloud-based Bionic IO platform which collects data and measures various factors regarding health or safety. The idea is to detect risks, trends and optimize processes. The on-board assistant, the Smart Safety Companion, is equipped with artificial intelligence technologies that make it possible to set up an alert system in the event of incorrect posture or incorrect lifting. The idea is to limit injuries by preventing fatigue and possible errors. German Bionic does not specify whether these new products are already on the market or will be soon.
In addition to the German start-up, the French Wandercraft or Japet are also working on such technology. Exoskeletons are increasingly being tested by manufacturers looking to fill a real need. For instance, RATP equips itself with equipment to relieve officers of physically demanding tasks and has been testing the exoskeletons for several months. Foch Hospital has acquired four exoskeletonsrobotic lumbar belts, to combat low back pain in healthcare workers.
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