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Robo-suit to allow aging farmers to continue tending fields

Shigeki Toyama, a professor at Tokyo Agriculture and Technology (TAT) University, is developing a power-assist suit for elderly agriculture workers, similar to robo-suits that are used in Japanese hospital and nursing homes.

The metal-and-plastic exoskeleton boasts eight electric motors that amplify the strength of the wearer’s arms and legs, as well as sensors that can detect movements and respond to commands through a voice-recognition system.
Professor Shigeki Toyama and his team developed the power-enhancing suit at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and Toyama plans to set up a company to start producing the futuristic outfit by the end of the year.

“If the farmer bends over to grasp a radish, his back will be firmly supported,” said Gohei Yamamoto, one of the students working on the team, as he recently demonstrated the suit on his university campus.

See the full story at physorg.com

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