Lowe's Tests Employee 'Exosuit'
Originally published in Shopper Marketing
Lowe’s Innovation Labs is testing what the company calls an “exosuit,” which consists of a mixture of carbon rods and conformable fabrics that bend along with the wearer, to assist employees with heavy lifting.
According to an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, researchers at Virginia Tech University came up with the idea. Lowe’s began testing the suit in April with the Assistive Robotics Lab at the university and stock employees from a nearby Lowe’s in Christiansburg, Virginia.
The suit harnesses to an employee’s back, waist and legs. As the wearer bends to lift an object, the rods and fabric bend with him and reduce some of the weight — up to 50 pounds — off his back.
Lowe’s says 90% of a stock employee’s job is lifting and moving heavy freight.