Bionic Tech Is the Real Deal

Long a robotic industrial leader, Japan is getting close to employing bionic suits to boost factory worker productivity. Resistance is futile

It's a scene straight out of a sci-fi film. A diminutive, middle-aged worker with his arms and chest covered in space-age armor squats at his station along an assembly line. As he hoists a 35-lb. steel beam, his suit hisses to life. Effortlessly, he lifts the beam with one hand, holding it steady while welding it to the chassis of a heavy-duty power shovel. It's a task that normally might hurt a man of his stature, but he has hardly broken a sweat.

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