High-tech exoskeletons are being explored by firms including Hyundai Motor Co., Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. The technology, initially developed to help people who had lost the ability to walk or stand on their own, eases fatigue and helps prevent injury. It’s particularly useful for repetitive processes that can’t be automated even as robotics makes big inroads into the sector.
All sorts of companies have an “emphasis on corporate social responsibility and labor protection” and are making an effort to avoid workplace-related injuries, said Xu Zhenhua, the founder of ULS Robotics, a Shanghai-based firm that provides exoskeletons for carmakers, airport operators and other industrial manufacturers.
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