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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Robot Suit for Farmers

Researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology unveiled a robot suit prototype designed to help reduce the heavy burden of harvesting as the nation's farm industry faces an ageing, shrinking workforce. The wearable assistance machine is equipped with eight motors and 16 sensors and weights 25 kg. The suit is designed to assist elderly farmers who need support for their leg muscles and joints when they keep a crouching position or lift their arms high.
Ageing and skrinking workforce in farming and industry is serous problem in Japan and robotics will help elderly people to stay in working live longer.

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