Why waste energy running when this exoskeleton will do it for you?


Feeling lazy? This robotic exoskeleton might be for you. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

Panasonic spin-off ActiveLink is developing an exoskeleton that can assist a person in walking or running. The Powerloader light PLL-04, also called the Ninja, weighs 33 pounds and can assist a user at speeds up to 7.5 mph. It’s powered by a battery pack on the wearer’s back. The exoskeleton senses a user’s movements and moves in turn to ease the individual’s workload. The Ninja is still in development but will reportedly be on the market in three years. Here’s what it looks like in action:


ActiveLink’s next step is to prove the Ninja works effectively outdoors and on slopes. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)

Another version of the Powerloader is designed to help construction workers, farmers and anyone else who lifts heavy objects.


An ActiveLink employee demonstrates the PLL-011E in Tokyo. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

Related: Paralyzed person to kick off World Cup in exoskeleton

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