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New Exoskeleton Suit Could Give Marines a Helping Hand in Heavy Lifting

No matter how hard one trains their body to build strength and endurance, there will always be limits to how much we can do or take. Even the Marines who are some of the fittest and most well-equipped people, both physically and mentally, get exhausted and need help with some labor-intensive work.

Fortunately, the Marine Corps is looking to get some help with their heavy duty physical work from a full-body autonomous exoskeleton suit, similar to the one used by Ripley in "Alien".

"It keeps the human instinct and intelligent judgment and combines it with a robotic precision, strength and endurance to get to a more efficient, effective, more productive -- and frankly safer -- work environment," said Jim Miller, Sarcos Robotics' vice president of defense solutions.
The intuitive, autonomous suit can be used by operators ranging from 5 foot, 4 inches, to someone who's just over 6-and-a-half-feet tall. It stays powered for up to eight hours on a single charge and can repeatedly lift 200-pound objects without fatigue or strain.

(Image credit: Gina Harkins/

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