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Japanese exosuit is world’s first to be awarded ISO certification for robots and robotic devices

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By Ben K, grape Japan

Innophys Co Ltd makes assistive suits which use compressed air to power artificial muscles (known as McKibben artificial muscles) in order to provide back support when carrying people or heavy goods, or when working while bent over.

Their consumer model, the Muscle Suit Every, went on sale in November 2019 and has been available at retailers such as BIC Camera and Yodobashi Camera as well as online at Amazon.co.jp. At 136,000 yen, it's a solution well within reach for many members of the general public.

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ISO 13482 Certified

When trying out new technology, especially something like an exosuit which you strap on to your body, it's only natural that there would be some hesitation and concerns about safety. What if the device malfunctions and hurts the wearer? What if it breaks in mid-use, causing damage to property (Ex: movers carrying furniture) or even bodily injury to others (Ex: nursing home staff lifting patients)? Questions like these may cross the mind of anyone considering a product like this.

Many of these concerns will be quelled now that the Muscle Suit Every has received a seal of approval from the International Organization for Standardization. Established in 2014, ISO 13482 "specifies requirements and guidelines for the inherently safe design, protective measures, and information for use of personal care robots (which comprises) mobile servant robot, physical assistant robot, and person carrier robot." As such, the Muscle Suit Every is the world's first exosuit to receive this certification.

Weighing only 3.8 kg, the Muscle Suit Every is nevertheless capable of delivering up to 25.5 kilogram-force (100 Newtons). Some of the possible applications mentioned in their promotional material are nursing care support, farming, shoveling snow or other labor-intensive jobs, maintaining uncomfortable positions and carrying heavy loads.

Commercial campaign with Masatoshi Hamada

In Innophys' ad campaign, comedian and entertainer Masatoshi Hamada, known as the more petulant and irascible member of the veteran comic duo Downtown, gets in touch with his "nice side" after donning a Muscle Suit Every. Newly equipped with "muscles," he's inspired to lend a helping hand and even fight off monsters. Of course, the idea that he would want more muscles could also be a jab at his Downtown partner Hitoshi Matsumoto, who bulked up through bodybuilding in recent years.

Here he is helping in a nursing home:

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You can watch the video here:

For more information about the Muscle Suit Every, please visit Innophys' website here.

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Very cool.

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Japan needs to captitalize on this NOW before a certain communist asian country gets it's army hackers to steal the blueprints and starts to make cheap copies of it.

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I can already see this being stolen by Chinese Companies without every being charged with stealing from other companies. maybe the Japanese companies need to start covering boards with Epoxy and sealants that when opened they start dissolving. I just know people buying cheap Chinese crap will get hurt from bad equipment to bad batteries.

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