Hyundai Chairless Exoskeleton (H-CEX)
A year ago, Hyundai got actively involved in the development of various exoskeleton systems and even showed some interesting prototypes. Now they are officially being adopted - workers at two North American factories of this brand will receive two models at once at their disposal. The first is designed to relieve the legs and lower back, the second helps the shoulder girdle and spine work.
The exoskeleton of the Hyundai Chairless Exoskeleton is attached to the user's legs and waist and serves as a primary task - to protect the knee joint from excessive stress. This passive system weighs only 1.6 kg and can withstand loads of up to 150 kg. And, more importantly, it maintains stability when working in a semi-squat, tilts at 85, 70 and 55 degrees from the vertical. In fact, we are talking about a robotic seat, which is always with the worker.
The second model, Hyundai Vest Exoskeleton, is more intriguing - its reliable images and descriptions are not yet available in the public domain. It is known that it is attached to the upper body and can take up to 60 kg of load, redistributing it from the spine and limbs. This is quite a lot and therefore the question naturally arises - is the system also passive, it works due to springs, or is a certain power plant used here? There are no answers yet.
Hyundai already has a range of different human-oriented robotic systems at its disposal. These are exoskeletons for medical purposes, and assembly systems for workers, and rehabilitation devices, and a "robotic personal mobile platform" - a universal cross-country chassis with a changeable wheel formula. The company plans to implement robots, albeit of limited functionality, at all of its facilities.