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H-WEX

The H-WEX or Hyundai Waist EXoskeleton was revealed by one of the largest car manufacturers at CES 2017.  Unlike previous exoskeletons, Hyundai has expressed a desire to commercialize this wearable robot.

 

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The H-WEX was demonstrated at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas.  It joins the swelling ranks of Hyundai wearable robots.  The H-WEX is significantly smaller and more practical than previous industrial exoskeletons by the car manufacturing giant.

According to the official company press release (link) Hyundai wants to expand its operations to include assistive mobility freedom and augmentation devices.

Design intent for H-WEX:

  • Upper body and hip support designed to prevent back injuries for workers while doing repetitive manual tasks and lifting heavy objects
  • Capable of flexing up to 180 degrees in one second
  • Built in algorithm for user safety
  • Light weight and portable
  • Integration with mobile phones to control motor behavior
  • Single motor provides power to both legs

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Hyundai Motor Company, HQ: Seoul, South Korea, Link to full press release (and pictures) for the H-MEX, HUMA, and H-WEX https://www.hyundaipressoffice.co.uk/release/827/

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