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South Korean Firm Embraces Exoskeletons to Help Shipbuilders

South Korean shipbuilding company Daewoo, one of the largest in the world, says its shipyard workers will soon start using robotic exoskeletons for lifting heavy objects. Exoskeletons are wearable motorized appendages for arms and legs that give the wearer superhuman strength. Daewoo engineers tested a 28-kilogram prototype of a flexible frame, made of carbon-reinforced plastic, aluminum and steel, that allows the wearer to move at a normal pace while carrying a 30 kilogram load. They...

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