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Exoskeleton, introduced by Delta and Sarcos Robotics, gives the feeling of 20 POUNDS to lifting a tire

Human exoskeleton unveiled by Delta and Sarcos Robotics at CES easily picks up 130-pound aircraft tire

  • Delta and Sarcos robotics demonstrated their exoskeleton for the first time
  • The Guardian XO can live up to 200lbs with minimal effort from the wearer
  • Delta says that a 130 lbs aircraft tire feels like it is only lifting 20 lbs
  • It can also lift bags of 70 pounds of luggage with only one of its arms
  • The suit could go into production as late as 2020

Delta may be known for its planes, but a new and surprisingly useful exoskeleton can be their next product to take off.

The suit, called the Guardian XO, is a relatively small body-wide exoskeleton that the company envisages being used for heavy structures and commercial applications that require brute force.

In a demonstration of the all-electric suit at CES in Las Vegas – the very first public demo of the device – Delta and his partner Sarcos Robotics demonstrated the possibilities of the exoskeleton.

The Guardian XO (pictured above) is an exoskeleton developed by Delta and Sarcos robotics, which makes lifting aircraft tires and other heavy objects seem like a piece of cake.

The Guardian XO (pictured above) is an exoskeleton developed by Delta and Sarcos robotics, which makes lifting aircraft tires and other heavy objects seem like a piece of cake.

The demonstrator – a medium-sized young man named Ben – joins the suit in just a few minutes and starts the first test.

“It’s a pretty comfortable machine, I can move as if I wasn’t wearing this,” Ben said, telling the public that he had only trained with the suit for about four months.

Using the arms of the suit and a pair of metal teeth or fingers, the demonstrator demonstrated how the Guardian was able to pick up an aircraft tire that weighed around 130 pounds and place it on an axle.

That weight was still far below the peak capacity of the pack of around 200 pounds.

This maneuver normally requires an entire team, but the company says with the help of the suit that lifting an object with that weight feels like lifting less than 20 pounds – about 20 times less.

In a second demonstration, Delta equipped the exosuit with a different pair of teeth, each with a pair of metal fingers.

Suit wearers can use their hands while operating the device, which means they can perform both heavy and fine motor tasks at the same time

Suit wearers can use their hands while operating the device, which means they can perform both heavy and fine motor tasks at the same time

Suit wearers can use their hands while operating the device, which means they can perform both heavy and fine motor tasks at the same time

With the help of his new set of hands, called the “end effectors,” the Guardian was able to tackle another tough task for aircraft personnel – moving luggage.

The suit was able to use only one arm to lift a 70 lbs piece of luggage and then use both hands at the same time to lift 50 pounds and 60 pounds on both sides.

The Guardian is designed to have a low impact on the wearer and has a weight equivalent to carrying a backpack, according to Delta.

Some lucky attendees were given the opportunity to test the technology by lifting heavy pieces of luggage into the air with one arm

Some lucky attendees were given the opportunity to test the technology by lifting heavy pieces of luggage into the air with one arm

Some lucky attendees were given the opportunity to test the technology by lifting heavy pieces of luggage into the air with one arm

It also has a full range of movement, which means that the wearer can walk forward, backward and from left to right and move his arms in any direction.

Using a few lithium batteries that can be hot-swapping – meaning they can be replaced while the device is still running – the device can work for eight consecutive hours, according to Delta.

What is even more exciting about the exoskeleton is that the device will reach the market relatively quickly.

Sarcos Robotics said it is currently accepting orders for the Guardian XO and will deliver production units by the end of 2020.

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