Core77 Design Awards
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People with heavy-duty overhead work get often diagnosed with lasting bodily damage. Skelex exoskeleton systems support people working in limited spaces and awkward postures, like automotive assembly, etc.
The suit is extremely light, easy to use, wear, adjust and move in. Skelex is the most advanced - and first 360 degrees freedom - exoskeleton under 3 kg. It is based on a smartly designed carbon fiber spring without any electronics or actuators to keep it light.
The suit is designed to intuitively put on and adjust according to your own body size.
It only touches the body where it is inevitable and provides upwards force for lifting.
From concept to a beautiful ergonomic reality
In an industrial setting it can be difficult to develop an ergonomic working environment that supports its workers not only mentally but also physically. Harnesses provide solutions to support one's body during physically demanding work. However, the challenge lies in creating such a lightweight and intuitive harness capable of adapting to multiple body types, without hindering the wide range of motions required by the wearer.
To design an intuitive load reducing exoskeleton with a perfect fit, we further developed the basic idea using a Frankenstein mechanical model, applying an integrated approach which encompassed design, engineering and soft-goods disciplines. This method enabled a fast development process, in which we continuously validated ideas through prototyping to optimize the design for use. Within a short timeframe we enabled Skelex to start sales and continue their business.
The harness is comprised of two parts: a lightweight carbon frame that delivers the force, and a separated soft-goods part that has close contact with the body. This combination allows users to easily adjust the harness to their body and permits 360 degrees of motion without any hassle. The result is an optimized product that stands out among its competitors, not only by its practical capabilities but also with its looks.
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