Hyundai South Korea revealed a few days ago in a blog post what it describes as being a “wearable robot” prototype akin to Iron Man’s suit.
When it’s not recruiting designers from high-end marques like Bentley, Hyundai likes to branch out and work on robotic exoskeleton that give the wearer extra strength to lift “hundreds of kilograms.” It’s actually not the first of its kind developed by the South Korean company as it appears to be an evolution of the Hyundai Lifecaring ExoSkeleton (H-LEX) unveiled last year. This latest generation manages to provide just about the same level of functionality, only this time the suit is lighter which makes it easier to use.
Although it may look like Hyundai is doing this just to show off the capabilities of its R&D department, South Korea’s largest car manufacturer says the so-called “wearable robot” prototype could serve multiple purposes. Hyundai sees the final version of the H-LEX suit being used by the military, in factories, and also to help the physically disabled as well as the elderly.
Hyundai has been working on this technology for the past six years and it’s not the only automaker to tackle this domain. Audi has also created a carbon fiber exoskeleton to enable workers sit in mid-air without the risk of straining their backs. It’s being described as a “chairless chair” and weighs only 5.3 pounds (2.4 kilograms), making it suitable for multiple types of assembly operations.