Used for years by a number of major U.S. manufacturers including Toyota, Boeing and GM, exoskeletons are a type of wearable technology that helps lessen worker strain from repetitive tasks. By providing support and reducing stress on the user’s body, these machines — both powered and passive — enhance the ability to work quickly and safely and help reduce injuries. For more about exoskeletons and their applications for the construction industry, check out Construction Dive’s Tech 101 feature on the subject.
Apart from being protective and performance-enhancing, some exoskeletons also incorporate sensors that can monitor and respond to users’ movements.
Below is a roundup of some of the exoskeleton products available — or soon to be available — in the U.S.: