Exoskeletons and ergonomics: Past, present and future

Use of wearable devices to ease work strains has a long history

By Matthew Marino

Exoskeletons (exos) are an emerging technology capable of revolutionizing the way workers across the globe do physically demanding jobs. Today, people in every part of the world will perform jobs that require them to bend, lift, reach and handle materials in awkward postures. These stressful demands take a toll on the body (and mind), and all too often lead to injuries and illnesses that require time off work, reduce job satisfaction and generally make it difficult to do jobs efficiently and effectively.

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