Innophys, a Japanese company, recently launched a new wearable skeleton (or we can call it external skeletal armor). Some Japanese companies have made this kind of equipment before. The main function of this kind of equipment is that you can become a strong man, and you are able to lift things that you can’t lift before. Muscle Suit, launched by Innophys can offset the weight of 30kg.
There are hydraulic controlled accessories on Muscle Suit; the accessories correspond to users’ arms and legs. Just like its name, the wears can lift more things than they can do before, as if the muscle suit strengthens the wearer's muscles. The device, itself, can lift nothing, but when someone wears it, lifting thing becomes easy.
Innophys present the suit on International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. It is suitable for workers who need to lift things every day, and the elderly who need to be taken care of.
Japanese society is showing a clear trend of aging. About 26% of the Japan’s population is over 65 years old, and 13% of Japan's population has reached or exceeded 75 years old; the situation will continue in the next 20-30 years. So for medical care, the Muscle Suit will help. For example, to help the elderly out of bed, or help the elderly move from bed to the wheelchair.
Suit Muscle has two different versions. The standard version weighs 5.5kg, can load 30kg (for the wearer, it means to reduce the weight of 30kg); the other one weighs 4.2kg, can load 22kg. According to Innophys, the product has been sold on its website, and the price is 600,000 yen (about 32,000 yuan); or if people want to rent, they need to pay 30,000 yen per month (about 1,593 yuan).
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