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Panasonic bringing wearable robots to construction sites

Panasonic's robotic suit will be a mighty helper for workers doing the heavy lifting.

OSAKA -- Panasonic in September will start selling a wearable robot designed to help warehouse and construction workers lift heavy objects -- suggesting that its entry in the field may mark the dawn of a new robotics age.

     The carbon-fiber exoskeleton weighs only 6kg and can carry up to 15kg. When the wearer bends down to lift an object, the suit's built-in motor kicks in and helps bring up the upper body, reducing strain on the back.

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