Activelink, a Panasonic subsidiary, will reportedly release its Power Loader robotic exoskeleton suit to the consumer market sometime in 2015. The unique technology will range in price from $5,000 up to $7,000, and can help the wearer by aiding in moving heavy objects and conducting manual labor tasks. The company wants to manufacture up to 1,000 of these custom suits over the next year, and will increase production based on demand.
Previous versions of the Power Loader exoskeleton aids humans in lifting up to 220 lbs., and run up to 5 miles per hour, according to Activelink. It is powered by a lithium-ion battery that helps power a motor.
These type of robotic exoskeletons are being developed by governments and militaries - but there is a major development push being embraced for consumers.