At CES 2020, Sarcos Robotics announced a partnership with Delta Airlines, one of the major airlines of the United States, to explore new employee technology fit for a superhero. The company will begin testing the incredible cargo handling capabilities of Guardian XO exoskeletons this year.
Sarcos Guardian XO is the first full-body self-functioning and battery-powered exoskeleton designed to boost employees’ physical capabilities and bolster their safety. It is actually an outer skeleton equipped with engines that moves precisely in collaboration with the operator who puts it on.
This robotic suit, designed for employees to wear, does the heavy lifting. According to the manufacturer, with the help of Guardian XO, a person will be able to lift up to 200 pounds (90kg) repeatedly for several hours at a time without experiencing physical strain or fatigue. It takes less than 30 seconds to disconnect or remove the exoskeleton.
The robotic suit almost instantly reacts to the user’s movements and increases his strength by 20 times. The battery is designed to last up to eight hours of operation and can be replaced with a charged one in a few seconds so that another operator can continue to work.
In other words, the Guardian XO is a very impressive machine designed to help people do hard physical work that is difficult or impossible to do with conventional lifting gear.