German Bionic's Cray X smart exosuit helps workers to carry up to 66 lbs
German Bionic, a robotic solutions company, has designed a smart exosuit. The company's latest model, the 5th generation Cray X, protects your health and reduces the risk of human error when carrying out physical work.
The Cray X is worn on the back with hip-mounted actuators and shoulder and leg straps. The suit is made from lightweight carbon fibre and weighs ~15lbs (7 kg). The device enables you to lift and walk with up to ~66lbs (30 kg) and is dust and waterproof. German Bionic suggests that these exosuits could be used to perform repetitive or demanding physical tasks, such as lifting packages in warehouses or working on a building site.
The exoskeleton uses cloud-based Smart Safety Companion technology, a real-time monitoring system that alerts you to poor posture or bad lifting practices. The technology combines information it gathers from the Cray X with data from ergonomics experts to detect when you are in danger of injuring yourself or making mistakes.
For example, the suit will notify you if it thinks you are trying to lift something too heavy or you are repeating a task too many times. The exoskeleton can recognize that you are tired and suggest that you take a break. It will even recommend stretching routines to counteract poor posture or muscle strain.
The German Bionic Cray X suit is currently used at BMW, IKEA and DPD. The company is already considering future uses of its product, such as rehabilitation for people with spinal injuries.