An American company just raised $US40 million for commercial production of robotic exoskeletons that help wearers lift up to 90 kilos

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.
  • Sarcos Robotics just raised $US40 million in a Series C funding round.
  • Sarcos Robotics makes robots designed to increase human productivity and safety in industrial settings.
  • The money will be used to scale up production of the Guardian XO, a robotic exoskeleton.
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Sarcos Robotics raised an additional $US40 million in a Series C funding round, which it will use to scale up production on its robotic exoskeleton, the Guardian XO.

The company, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has accumulated $US96 million in venture capital, Crunchbase reported. The newest funding will be used for commercial production on the Iron Man-like exoskeleton that has been in development for more than 20 years.

“In addition, we will also advance the development of our ‘smart’ version of the Guardian XO exoskeleton with our Cybernetic Training for Autonomous Robots (CYTAR) artificial intelligence platform, which will enable the robot to augment the operator’s precision and skill to complete specific tasks,” chairman and CEO Ben Wolff said in a press release.

The exoskeletons are available for preorder now, and Sarcos Robotics envisions them being used in industries including manufacturing, military and defence, construction, and more.

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The Guardian XO is a battery-powered full-body exoskeleton.

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

Sarcos claims the Guardian XO is the first product of its kind that can “combine human intelligence, instinct, and judgment with the power, endurance, and precision of machines.”

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

It is designed to increase the strength and endurance of the operator.

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

Sarcos describes the exoskeleton as allowing “superhuman strength and endurance that exponentially increases productivity while dramatically reducing workplace injuries.”

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

The exoskeleton can be used in scenarios where large machinery can’t operate.

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

It can multiply the operator’s strength up to 20 times, maxing out at 200 pounds.

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

It can also make lifting easier by compensating for gravity, up to 100 pounds per arm.

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

Sarcos says 100% of the exoskeleton’s weight is offloaded during use.

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

With 24 degrees of freedom, the operator can move the exoskeleton naturally.

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

For multitasking, it has a hands free mode where the operator can lock the arms to carry a heavy load while using human hands to perform another task.

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

Stumble recovery technology helps prevent the operator from falling.

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

The suit can be put on unassisted in only 30 seconds.

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

The Guardian XO is also customisable, with optional additions of other equipment depending on the use case.

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

A limited number of the exoskeletons will be available to purchase as soon as early 2021, according to the company.

Sarcos RoboticsGuardian XO.

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