Exomys is developing a passive and modular exoskeleton for industrial application to support employees during long upright standing shifts. As a result, a higher production level and better focus at work can be accomplished.
The basic idea is a passive exoskeleton presenting a carrying mechanism, similar to a mobile chair. This supports the user while standing/hunkering by transferring the load from the legs to the mechanical structure at any time. The angular position of the knee is arbitrary at any position from standing, sitting to hunkering. Consequently, the user is not exposed to debilitating positions during work, can operate longer without health issues and is more efficient in long term.
All mechanical elements fit under the work pants to avoid frame sections sticking out. This provides a higher safety factor and is more user friendly compared to existing systems where the technology is mainly positioned on top of the cloth.
In unlocked position, the exoskeleton allows unrestricted movement. If you want to sit or hunker at a certain position, you move to the desired pose and lock the joints of the exoskeleton by a simple handgrip. If you have to change your location, you simply stand up and the system is unlocking automatically.