Ford fits workers with mechanical exoskeletons
The Hustle reported that Ford has ordered 75 strength-enhancing mechanical exoskeletons from Ekso Bionics after a successful pilot. Ford tested the suits not to increase the lifting capacity of its employees, but rather to help prevent injuries. The results: after a yearlong trial, the Ekso suits helped reduce workplace injuries by 83%. Ekso has at least 35 competitors in the exo-suit industry, but for now, the company has the edge with both Ford's patronage and a 28% spike in its share price.