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Robotic suits that give you SUPERHUMAN strength are being used by baggage handlers in Tokyo

Robotic suits that give you SUPERHUMAN strength are being used by baggage handlers in Tokyo
November 25
21:39 2016

 

Robotic suits that give you SUPERHUMAN strength are being used by baggage handlers in Tokyo

Haneda Airport in Tokyo working with Japanese company Cyberdyne

Aim is to prevent back injury, but can help maximise strength potential

Airport also using robots to transfer luggage around the terminals

By Libby Plummer and John Hutchinson for MailOnline

Published: 11:33 EST, 25 November 2016

An airport in Japan is now using bionic baggage handlers to load luggage.

The mechanical suits are worn by staff working for the Airport Limousine bus service at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

The Hybrid Assistive Limb – or HAL, for short – is designed to give workers the extra strength needed for dealing with the constant stream of passengers’ luggage.

First unveiled last year, the suits are made by Japanese robotics company Cyberdyne, which shares its name with the fictional firm featured in the Terminator films.

The robotic suit’s main aim is to prevent back pain, but it can also assist in ensuring the lifting movement maximises strength potential.

Ten units are now being used by staff at the airport.

Speaking to the Japan Times in 2015, Cyberdyne CEO Yoshiyuki Snakai said: ‘At airports, luggage is typically large, and for people engaged in loading and unloading it puts a big stress on their backs, giving them back pain.

‘HAL can protect their backs by providing assisting power.’

When a person attempts to move their body, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles through the motor neurons, moving the musculoskeletal system.

When this happens, small bio-signals can be detected on the surface of the skin.

The HAL suit registers these signals through a sensor attached to the skin of the wearer.

Based on the signals obtained, the power unit moves the joint to support and amplify the wearer’s motion.

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