Assistive exoskeletons for agricultural workers

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This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM
14 May 2021

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Farmers

Agricultural labour is heavy work and can require difficult postures, imposing a large physical strain on farmers. Assistive exoskeletons are mechanical structures that can be worn while undertaking manual labour to increase strength and endurance. They are rigid wearable devices with linking components that can assist the wearer by producing torques from the user’s motions, or using power to assist movement. Activities most likely to benefit from assistive exoskeletons are lifting and carrying heavy loads, repetitive actions associated with harvesting, using hand tools, and climbing equipment...

Agricultural labour is heavy work and can require difficult postures, imposing a large physical strain on farmers. Assistive exoskeletons are mechanical structures that can be worn while undertaking manual labour to increase strength and endurance. They are rigid wearable devices with linking components that can assist the wearer by producing torques from the user’s motions, or using power to assist movement. Activities most likely to benefit from assistive exoskeletons are lifting and carrying heavy loads, repetitive actions associated with harvesting, using hand tools, and climbing equipment.

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Potential of Exoskeletons in Agriculture
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Article capturing leading perspectives from Farm Health and Safety on the potential benefits and drawbacks of assistive exoskeletons for farmworkers.
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