>>12155>And they don't really add that much value by easening existing tasks, because we already got way simpler tools for the times when a worker can't lift an item.
You don't know what you're talking about. You haven't done a day of hard labour in your life, if you can't imagine how robotic arms and legs attached to your arms and legs could make your job easier. LOL If I could just sit in a comfortable position while moving boxes, I'd jump in an exo suit. Do you know that just standing on your feet 8-9 hours a day every day wears out your knee, hip and back joints? Ever unpacked a truck full of frozen boxes of shrimp in -15°C with a hoodie and pair of polyester gloves that get soaking wet the first half hour? I sure wish I could operate a robotic hand to pick up and carry the 15kg boxes for me. But I guess some kid on the Internet knows it wouldn't improve quality of life/work for workers. And the fucked up thing is, it is people like you who become managers and directors and fight modernisation of workplaces because "you don't need it".
A crane, or lifter, is limited by its design. You have a straight arm, that can go up and down. Good luck using it around a corner, or in a tight space.
It doesn't even have to be a sci-fi anime suit that can lift hundreds of kilograms, even a little assistance helps a lot. But you can't imagine it, because you just don't know, and that's not your fault. I don't think everyone should be a manual labourer, but I do think it is important to experience hard, manual labour if you're going to be making assumptions and conclusions about it.
>Ford and Ekso say workers' physical activity is comparable to a person lifting a bag of flour or a watermelon above their head 4,600 times a day.
>To help reduce the strain, the exosuits provide support to workers' arms as they reach up to perform manual tasks on car bodies and parts suspended above their heads, for example to screw bolts into place with power tools.
>The devices also help with lifting larger under-body components into place - including skid plates and bumpers.
>They are not powered or controlled by an onboard computer, but instead offer passive mechanical assistance to the wearer.
>EksoVests fit workers between 5ft 2in and 6ft 4in tall (1.57m to 1.93m) and offer lift assistance for loads of between 5lb and 15lb per arm (2.3kg to 6.8kg).https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45097046