A year ago, Sarcos Robotics promised thatby the end of 2019, they will be ready to release a powerful exoskeleton that will become the “future in the field of cargo handling”. In our time, such statements, even from large companies, should be taken with a fair amount of skepticism. What can we say about a little-known company. However, Sarcos Robotics not only kept her word, but also demonstrated the new creation to the general public. The exoskeleton was called Sarcos Guardian XO and, frankly, it impresses with its characteristics.
What is the new exoskeleton capable of?
Sarcos Guardian XO is a robotican exoskeleton with a full body (that is, it fully strengthens the entire body, and not its individual parts). While the person who put it on can lift 90 kilograms, he will feel that he lifted only 4.5 kilograms.
If you ask me what it looks like many years of work and 300 million dollars, then I just show you the Sarcos Guardian XO. - Sarcos Robotics CEO Ben Wolf says.
Moreover, most importantly, in order to wearor remove the exoskeleton does not take much time. Sarcos Robotics representatives say new users will be able to put on the system in a matter of minutes after the training. Renting a Guardian XO costs $ 100,000 a year, but there are no options to buy it yet.
As all large companies strive forto increase efficiency through automation, Sarcos believes that the most effective solution is a direct combination of people and machines, combining the intelligence and judgments of people with the strength and endurance of robots. The weight of this costume is a little more than 68 kilograms. But a person does not need to carry this “load” on himself. The operator, as it were, complements the robot. Therefore, although it looks heavy and bulky, managing it is fairly easy.
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A device for enhancing human capabilitiesconsists of many autonomous sections, which are driven by electric motors. With the help of Sarcos Guardian XO, workers will be able to carry loads, with little or no effort. At the same time, considerable attention is paid to safety. For example, the lifting of goods is carried out by special joysticks that the operator manipulates. If he loses control over the joysticks, then the load will simply remain in a locked position. Would you like an exoskeleton? Write about it in our chat in Telegram.
Device up to two hourswithout recharging, and the system of "hot" battery replacement on the go allows you to use the exoskeleton almost endlessly. At a minimum, the full shift of the Sarcos Guardian XO will stand for sure. When carrying the maximum possible weight, the Guardian XO consumes about 500 watts of energy. And he can “accelerate” with such a load up to 4.5 kilometers per hour.
True, the exoskeleton also has disadvantages. For example, it is not advisable to use it outside the warehouse, as there is no protection from dirt and heavy rain. Although, of course, it will not be closed off from a drop of water, full-fledged support for work in a variety of conditions, from a sunny city to rugged terrain littered with snow, the developers promise to add the Guardian XO exoskeleton to the next model.