Just announced that Ford Motor Company will begin using EksoVest exoskeleton vests for automotive assembly in 15 plants.
A fascinating twist on the "robots will take our jobs" theme - that instead of replacing a human worker with a robot, the human is augmented to become more robot-like.
What justifies the no-doubt significant cost of tools like EksoVest and our previously-discussed Human Hoist? Long-term cost of productivity from injury, and insurance claims. Turns out that coughing up even $10K or more for something like this is ultimately an extraordinary bargain.
Previously: Human Hoist collapsible garage work chair