At last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Sarcos showcased futuristic design-style exoskeleton robots. A year later, the Salt Lake City-based company showed the latest technological advances at CES 2020 — the Guardian XO. As a pilot project for Sarcos robotics experts working with Delta Air Lines, the latter employees will be among the first experienced to use battery-powered flight kits.
(Pictured: Sarcos, via New Atlas)
While eliminating physical strain, Sarcos’ “multiplier” wearable robots also have superhuman strength and endurance. Despite the fact that the Guardian XO is already heavy, the payload capacity is 200 pounds (91 kg).
The Guardian XO is known to be a full-body robot suit that transforms users into superheroes similar to armor warriors. As shown in sci-fi movies, it can amplify people by 20 times.
Sarcos says the suit lasts less than 30 seconds and can respond to the operator’s movements in milliseconds. Even lifting a heavy object for hours does not make the body feel tired.
Guardian XO’s built-in battery for up to 8 hours of battery life. With the addition of hot-swap system, operation time can also be extended continuously.
Delta has been a member of the Sarcos Technical Advisory Group since 2018 and is the first company to bring new technology to front-line employees.
Now, the company is ready to expand the application of protective clothing into the wild and complete testing of the Guardian XO robot exoskeleton in Q1 this year.
Sarcos hopes it will help people with mandatory lifting tasks, especially those that are difficult to accomplish with conventional machinery.
Equipment can be used for a variety of purposes, such as handling cargo in warehouses, heavy components in maintenance centers, and even providing ground support for heavy machinery assistance.
In addition to reducing the burden on workers and increasing productivity, Delta plans to explore using Guardian XO technology to improve workplaces so that workers who don’t meet traditional manual labor requirements can complete lifting tasks.
Last month, Sarcos launched the Alpha version of the Guardian XO, which began shipping to members of the U.S. Military and Consulting Group this month and is expected to be available later this year.