The Ekso Works is a passive tool holding exoskeleton. This exoskeleton takes the weight of a heavy instrument such as a grinder and redirects it directly into the ground. This is achieved using a spring loaded arm that is connected to an exoskeleton frame. A gimbal mechanism allows for full motion of the instrument while a counterweight keeps the user balanced.
In general, tool holding exoskeletons have been demonstrated to be very successful in specific tasks. They reduce worker fatigue while improving safety and injury prevention. Becuase of the upfront cost, it will take long-term statistical data to prove that this type of exoskeletons can bring cost reduction to intense work sites such as shipyards.
Ekso Works demonstration at Ekso Bionics for Wired:
Another video featuring the Ekso Works, this time by Make:
Exoskeleton Report articles featuring Ekso Bionics
Ekso Bionics, 1414 Harbour Way S #1201, Richmond, CA 94804, website
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