Specialists from ATOUN, a subsidiary of Panasonic, recently set out their vision of how robotics will evolve in the coming decades. In particular, Japanese developers are sure that we will see the spread of exoskeletons in everyday life.
The development of robotics, artificial intelligence and augmented reality will enable users of exoskeletons not only to increase physical strength, but also to accelerate the development of new skills. Moreover, it is expected that exoskeletons will become like clothes.
As for the new skills, the user will be able to load into the exoskeleton patterns of movements performed by professionals in order to fully “feel” the process, reproducing these movements and forming motor memory. This applies to techniques in sports, skills in various professions, etc. At the same time, augmented reality headset will provide visual support.
Another application of the exoskeleton is to preserve the best options for movement for later reproduction. It is important that you can repeat the saved actions even if the user’s physical abilities have changed. It is assumed that the system will be able to track in real time the difference between the required and current capabilities and compensate for it with exoskeleton resources.
ATOUN does not hide the fact that they draw ideas for their developments in science fiction works. Now the company is developing three types of exoskeletons: to strengthen the lower back, arms and legs. The model Y shown in the illustration supports the body and lower back. It is already used in logistics centers, factories, construction projects, and in agriculture. So, recently they started using it when loading luggage on flights of the Japanese airline JAL. A total of 700 such exoskeletons were sold.