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Robot exoskeleton gives workers the strength of ten men [VIDEO]

A robot exoskeleton unveiled recently at Stuttgart can reportedly boost the strength of human workers by tenfold.

Gizmodo reports that the Robo-Mate can increase the strength of a user’s arms, trunk or legs, and work on the project will continue for the rest of the year.

The effort involves the efforts of engineers from 12 research facilities in seven European nations. It began in September 2013.

There is a goal of a manufacturable prototype at the end of the project.

It is described as catering to tasks such as short-run series production and prototyping, as well as tasks that are too complicated or variable for robots.

 “The prototype is functional, but its appearance is still off-putting – you can see all the technology and the wires. It’s probably a bit scary for people,” Professor Wernher van der Venn, coordinator of the Robo-Mate project and professor at Zurich University of Applied Sciences, conceded.

The Robo-Mate's first prototype was previewed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) last month.

Image: Fraunhofer IAO



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