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Hyundai’s Vest Exoskeleton eases the burden of overhead tasks

Alia Talaat

While automated technologies have certainly lightened the load in car factories around the world, hard labor and long hours on the part of human workers is still a big part of the manufacturing mix. Hyundai has been developing different types of assistive exoskeletons to give its factory workers a helping hand, the latest of which focuses on those tending to overhead tasks.

You could think of Hyundai’s exoskeletons as robots that people can wear to provide support for vital joints and body parts that can be prone to overuse and injury. Its Chairless Exoskeleton, for example, is designed to protect the wearer’s knees, while the Vest Exoskeleton (VEX) is made to reduce pressures on the neck and back.

Today’s announcement is a follow-up to the trial of these two exoskeletons in North America last year, which Hyundai describes as widely successful. The newly upgraded VEX is promised to be a great deal lighter, with Hyundai claiming its total weight of 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) is up to 42 percent lighter than competing products.

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