This powered exoskeleton helps you lift 200 pounds like it's nothing
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This powered exoskeleton helps you lift 200 pounds like it's nothing

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[MUSIC] Powered exoskeletons in science fiction have long promised us superhuman strength, but now it's a reality. Meet the Guardian Exo. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] The XOR is a wearable robot to help humans safely lift up to 200 pounds without strain or injury. It can amplify your strength by a factor of 20. So 100 pounds feels like five. What are some of the main industries that you expect the XOR to be adopted in? That ranges from construction to manufacturing of automobiles and planes, to warehousing and logistics. If you think about it any job on the planet where humans are having to do physically demanding work, the exoskeleton was a candidate to help out. When people think powered exoskeletons from science fiction They probably think military applications. Now, is the Exo designed for that, or will it be in the future? So the exoskeleton has its roots in the military, because the military helped with some of the funding to get us started, way back in 2000. But this is not a tactical machine, this is a logistics Machine. This is a machine that is intended to allow you to safely lift a lot and do a lot, but it's not intended to be something that's going to be equipped with armor and to be on the front line. [SOUND] So what are you feeling right now when everything's powered up? Like what are the sensations or does it just feel like you're wearing nothing? Yeah. So because of the sensors in the torso and in the pelvis, there will be. Really centers itself on YouTube to put as little weight on you as possible. So when the shoulder straps way down on me, it can sense that and it lifts itself back up. And so that's what you can balance really well is because it really follows you wherever you go. So if you stumble, if you catch yourself then the robot follows that motion and catches you. [MUSIC] Instead of hands, the XO lets you swap in different tools, called end effortors, like these hooks or claws, to help you lift objects. These specifically they're just aluminum cutouts right? In a shape that we can use to manipulate objects. So for example, we can pick things up with them. We can move things around with them. So I mean I can manipulate my end effector to try and lift it up what I can do Cuz I can just lock the arms and lift it up for myself. Clever [LAUGH] And then I can just lift it. [MUSIC] So right now it feels probably like 12 pounds in each hand. If we were to lift a box for example you could feel it compress So we have amplified the persons strength, but they can still feel the nuances of whats happening with the object. Right now the robot multiplies my strength by about a factor of four. And right here we have some settings, I can go into whats called heavy lift mode. And so that multiplies my strength By even more. [MUSIC] I know though I can't use the XO at the moment, I can see how some of the tech inside it works in isolation. Safety first. [MUSIC] Great. Okay. Okay, so this is 30 pounds. That's 30 pounds on the end of our arm. What is your experiene right now? Is it a little sluggish? Yeah, it's a little slower than my actual movement of my arm. Yeah. It's not super responsive, but it's much lighter than lifting 30 pounds just on my arm. Exactly. Bring that back down towards your hip. We're gonna start to amplify everything that you do. All right. Wow. There you go and all the way up. That is responsive. Wow. Hi I give you a little way. So if I get tired, or at least the trigger and wow. Totally hands free. So I can feel a slight vibration. This is crazy, because 30 pounds would not, is just not achievable, to be able to do this kind of movement without the help of this arm. And then if you had ever had a problem, we would have hit the e-stop, and it would have fallen like this. Okay, so it doesn't, so when you hit the e-stop, it doesn't just drop? That's right, that's right. Now, why is that, it's got a safety latch? So we've got some safety mechanisms that, when power cuts to the system, we let things fall slowly like that. It sort of melts So this is the same degree of movement and freedom that I would get in the XR. Absolutely. Imagine that over your whole body, your arms, your legs, everything being that much stronger. Can you believe it? I will be the bionic woman. Finally, My dream is true. Perfect. [MUSIC] All up, the XO is 300 pounds, but when you're wearing it it actually only feels like 5 to 10 pounds because the robot's dealing with all that weight. With 24 degrees of freedom, the XO can also move just like we do. And it runs, if you top off all batteries, So you can run this thing for around eight hours at a time. [MUSIC] The cost of a machine like this is about $100,000 a year for what we call a robot as a service model. So we will provide it to you for a period of time. We maintain it, repair it, ervices it, upgrad it And if it doesn't perform and shop every day and do its job, you don't pay us. So we'll make it very affordable. So as the human operator in a machine like the xo, it feels like the human is potentially the weakest link. That's a great, great perception. But I'll tell you, I think the human is actually the strongest link, Okay. Because the human has the intelligence, the instinct, the reflex. To be able to do all the things that we start learning from birth how to do and the beauty of this machine is you don't have to think about wearing it or operating it. It just naturally flows with you. Machines are very good at doing something with a lot of precision better than humans in some instances for precision. So if you think about being able to have the precision of a machine Partnered with the intelligence of a human so that you can get just that extra level of precision in a free form movement, like using a saw to cut a straight line. I think that's where the real opportunity is for us in the future. We're focused on how one plus one can equal three or five or ten, where you take the best of both worlds. The best of what humans have to offer, which I think is our intelligence Coupled with the precision strength and endurance of machines. Now all you need to do is strap some jet packs to this and it becomes the true Iron Man suit. You do realize this has to be your next project. Respectfully decline to comment on that. [LAUGH] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] So these covers are actually gonna be on the finished version. So they're gonna give it a more polished look than the guts that you saw of the Exo. But it's actually kinda cool. You guys got a sneak peek of everything that's inside, before it gets finished off with these covers. And it's gonna look more like this when it ships, very Transformers-like. And the Expo is gonna be available in January 2020, with the first units being shipped to customers in alpha form and to the military. Thanks so much for watching beta test. I hope you enjoyed the episode. If you did, give it a thumbs up and subscribe and make sure to stay tuned for more cool robots and exoskeletons. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] I feel so badass right now. It's amazing

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