Recent research conducted by a team from the University of Gävle in Sweden has revealed that exoskeletons worn while performing manual labor will reduce muscle strain on the wearer by an estimated 60%.

The research team used EksoVests, a type of upper body exoskeleton, on 25 participants assigned drilling tasks. Using sensors that measure muscle effort, researchers reported that those wearing the EksoVests experienced a 60% reduction in muscle effort.

Source: University of GävleSource: University of Gävle

If worn by those in industries where workers are prone to injury — manufacturing, logistics and construction, for instance — researchers suggest that the exoskeleton suits could reduce the risk of injury as well as reduce workplace absenteeism and improve productivity.

"The technology has the potential to improve the lives of many workers; they can benefit from having their workload reduced very much and from feeling less tired on returning home from work. In addition, the burden on healthcare can be reduced, as the risk of injury and wear and tear is significantly lower when using exoskeletons for assembly work," said Sajid Rafique, a robotics researcher at University of Gävle.

The research is detailed in the study Exploring the advantages of the EksoVest.

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