U.S. airline Delta is partnering with Utah-based exoskeleton company Sarcos Robotics to test whether its powered suits can help employees at lifting luggage and other repetitive tasks.
“We owe it to the best airline employees on the planet to explore how emerging technology can make their jobs safer and easier,” said Gareth Joyce, Delta’s senior VP, in a statement. A video shows it hefting packages at CES.
My favorite thing at #CES2020. Guardian XO exoskeleton robot can lift up to 200 pounds like it’s a box of cereal. And #delta is trialing them this year. https://t.co/Is1gm530nu @Sarcos_Robotics @Delta pic.twitter.com/KWoPSe3UtJ
— Mark Spoonauer (@mspoonauer) January 7, 2020
The company says its Guardian XO exoskeleton can enable users to lift 200 pounds (90 kg) for up to eight hours at a time without risking work injuries or fatigue. Workers can take the suit on and off in just 30 seconds.
In addition to the luggage video, Delta is planning to test the suit in roles that handle freight warehouses, move maintenance components, or lift heavy machinery and parts with the exoskeleton.
According to Delta, the suit could also level the playing field by giving a more diverse talent pool the opportunity to fill in roles that have substantial strength requirements.
Delta is looking to deploy a Guardian XO suit in the next couple of months to give employees an idea of what it can do.
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