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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wearable Agri Robot Suit from Japan

Manual labor is becoming more and more difficult for Japan's aging farmers, prompting Prof. Shigeki Toyama of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology's Graduate School of Engineering to develop an exoskeleton to enhance the bodies of the farmers themselves.



The robot suit weighs about 18 kilograms (39.6 pounds). The researchers aim to reduce the weight to about 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds) by using lighter ultrasonic wave motors. They hope to begin selling the suits two years from now for about 500,000 yen (about US$5,830) each.





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