This AI-powered exoskeleton does the heavy lifting so you don’t have to

Move over Tony Stark, there’s a new player in town. Start-up in Augsburg German bionic has developed wearable exoskeletons that grant superhuman strength – although they are slightly more modest than Iron Man’s.

Founded in 2017, the startup is one of many companies around the world developing exoskeletons to make physically demanding jobs easier. Whether it’s warehouse workers, aged care professionals or construction workers, “everyone can benefit from a little extra support,” Norma Steller, CPO at German Bionic, tells TNW.

Germanic Bionic’s two commercially available exoskeletons — the Cray X and the recently launched Apogee (pictured) — are carried like a backpack. Powered by electric motors, they sense when a user moves, delivering up to 30 kg of extra force to your back, upper body and legs, where and when you need it.

“When you put the device on, it can feel strange and heavy at first,” says Steller – the exoskeletons themselves weigh about 7 kg. “But once the engines kick in, it feels great. You feel strong, tall and capable — it gives you this kind of feeling,” she said.

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