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Carbon fiber exoskeleton is the latest to boost worker safety

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The new version of the Cray X is designed to support the wearer's lower back as they lift heavy loads
The new version of the Cray X is designed to support the wearer's lower back as they lift heavy loads
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The Cray X can be used with the company's augmented reality Cray Visor
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The Cray X can be used with the company's augmented reality Cray Visor
There's currently no word on the weight of the 4th-generation Cray X
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There's currently no word on the weight of the 4th-generation Cray X
The new version of the Cray X is designed to support the wearer's lower back as they lift heavy loads
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The new version of the Cray X is designed to support the wearer's lower back as they lift heavy loads
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More and more, workplaces are using assistive exoskeletons to protect their employees from injury. One of the newest, the 4th-generation version of German Bionic's Cray X, features a lightweight carbon fiber frame.

Typically worn over the clothing on the torso (or even the whole body), industrial assistive exoskeletons incorporate electric motors – or sometimes just springs – that augment the wearer's muscle power as they lift items, reach up, squat, or perform other physically demanding tasks.

The 4th-gen Cray X is no different, utilizing two servo motors to offset lifted loads of up to 28 kg (62 lb). In doing so, it's claimed to protect the user's lower back from excessive strain. Power is supplied by a removable lithium battery pack, which should reportedly be good for eight hours of runtime per charge.

There's currently no word on the weight of the 4th-generation Cray X
There's currently no word on the weight of the 4th-generation Cray X

The new exoskeleton is also compatible with the Internet of Things, allowing it to be wirelessly linked to the infrastructure of "smart factories," and to automatically receive over-the-air firmware updates. It can additionally be used with the company's augmented reality Cray Visor, which overlays a head-up display on the wearer's view of the task at hand.

German Bionic is now offering the 4th-gen Cray X on a subscription model to corporate clients, with rates starting at €699 (about US$794) per month.

Source: German Bionic

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2 comments
Kpar
I'm still waiting for that Caterpillar "Loader" from the movie "Aliens".
toni24
When they bet the price down to $699 to purchase let me know, I have two bulging disks and pressure on the spinal cord that would seriously benefit from haing such support. When I say Oh my aching back, I am being very literal.