Working in a warehouse can be a job that required a lot of heavy lifting, so Lowe's has plans to provide wearable exoskeletons to assist its employees. For the project, Lowe's is working with the Innovation Labs and Virginia Tech’s Assistive Robotics Laboratory.
The wearable non-motorized prototype boasts a bow-shaped design, that is capable of transferring the energy of movements more effectively, making labor easier on an employee's muscles and joints. As Lowe's explains: "As they bend and stand, carbon fiber in the suit’s legs and back act like a taut bow ready to launch an arrow, helping them spring back up with greater ease."
As it stands, Lowe's is currently testing these exoskeletons at a store in Christiansburg, Virginia. Other retailers across multiple industries are also experimenting with the use of similar apparatuses to boost productivity by providing workers with tools to give them greater strength.