Equipois Exoskeleton Arm Shoulders Heavy Burdens
Everyone could use a hand at work, especially when that hand is attached to a robotic arm . In the hopes of reducing workplace injuries that result from heavy lifting or repetitive activities, Equipois has created the X-Ar, an exoskeletal arm support that brings the technology of "Ironman" with the soul-crushing tedium of "Office Space."
As first reported by Fast Company, and as demonstrated in the video above, the X-Ar uses a system of hydraulic pistons to support the user's arm throughout the day. Based on the technology employed in the Steadicam, a rig that allows cameramen to shoot steady film shots while moving, the X-Ar could help everyone from fine artisans to factory works reduce their level of physical workplace stress.
The X-Ar goes on sale in June, and will sell for between $2,000 and $3,000. Slightly too expensive for journalists looking to alleviate the inevitable wrist pain that accompanies years of typing, but inexpensive enough for innovative companies looking to save any money they can on injury-related healthcare costs.