Ekso Bionics has been making exoskeletons since 2005. Originally designed with the military in mind, but then later shifted to physical therapy. In more recent years, they have begun targeting more physical professions, especially those with repetitive tasks or a lot of lifting. One of their most recent products is called the EksoVest.
The EksoVest is an upperbody vest designed to elevate and support a worker’s arms for tasks at chest heights and above. Through the use of springs, it provides up to 15 pounds of lift assistance per arm. That’s enough to make most power tools feel like nothing.
One of the best parts about the system is that it’s all mechanical, so it doesn’t need a power source to operate. Just strap in on and go to work. Weighing in at only 9.5 pounds, it should light enough to wear comfortable all day.
There are so many construction applications that this technology seems like a real win, including overhead drilling, grinding, chipping, running conduit, refrigeration and plumbing lines, and even just lifting.
Currently, UK contractor Willmott Dixon is trialing the EksoVest on a new school development in Cardiff, Wales. According to Willmott Dixon, they are the first company in the industry to trial the new tech. According to the article linked above, the vest costs about 5,650 Pound, which is over $7,000 US.
The Ford Motor Company is also partnering with Ekso Bionics to test the vest in their manufacturing plants. The original test included two US plants and the company plans to expand the use of the vest to other regions, including Europe and South America.
Check out this video of how the vest would work on a construction site:
3D printing technologies have significantly improved over the past few years and some have even made it to the jobsite. Not to be outdone, NASA, your favorite America space exploration organization, has announced a plan to being building and manufacturing in low-Earth orbit.
Construction Junkie's 5th Annual Best Construction Podcast Competition has officially come to an end and the results have been tallied. It was a very exciting competition this year, with several very strong competitors pulling in tons of votes.
Construction Junkie’s annual Best Construction Podcast Competition is underway for 2019 and the voting booth is officially open. As part of the contest this year, we will be highlighting one of the contest’s nominees each week. This week we highlight Builtcast.
Spot-r, made by Triax Technologies, is a hardware and software solution for employee tracking and safety. It combines a pager-style clip with a proprietary wireless mesh network to communicate hazards, evacuation notices, and locate who is on the site and where. The company recently announced the addition of access control to their Spot-r platform.
Construction Junkie’s annual Best Construction Podcast Competition is underway for 2019 and the voting booth is officially open. As part of the contest this year, we will be highlighting one of the contest’s nominees each week. This week we highlight Contractor Conflicts Podcast.
In 2016, Elon Musk and Tesla announced that they had developed an innovative solar roofing tile that looks almost identical to traditional roof shingles currently on the market. Standard solar panels look be large and clunky on a roof, which made many excited about a nearly “invisible” solar tile option. After 3 years, we recently got a major update into how the installations of the product is going.
In 2017, Built Robotics made headlines as they debuted their self-driving track loader on a test construction site. Earlier this month, the company announced a formal long-term partnership with construction giant Mortenson to deploy their machines on remote sites.
At Autodesk University in London today, PlanGrid has announced the additions of two new features for the platform: Advanced RFIs and Project Hub. The company has promised better project visibility and a streamlined RFI process with the updates.
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