Delta Air Lines has announced the partnership with Sarcos Robotics to explore the opportunities to improve safety and efficiency with wearable robot Guardian XO.

Full-body exoskeleton Guardian XO boosts human performance by allowing to easily lift up to 200 pounds and helps to prevent injuries, previously associated with heavy lifting. 

The partnership with Sarcos Robotics comes after Delta’s employees had directly worked with robotic company on finding the best use cases, shared Delta’s Senior Vice President Gareth Joyce:

“We owe it to the best airline employees on the planet to explore how emerging technology can make their jobs safer and easier”

US-based global airline company plans to pilot the technology at the first quarter this year and collect direct feedback from frontline employees. 

As stated in the press release, the company is looking forward to using wearable robotics not only as a tool to enhance performance, but also as an opportunity to attract more diverse talents to jobs, that earlier had physical strength as a primary requirement.

According to the Sarcos webpage, Guardian XO is “the world’s first battery-powered industrial robot to combine human intelligence, instinct, and judgment with the power, endurance, and precision of machines”. Full-body exoskeleton can be used in industrial manufacturing, construction, military and other industries, like oil & gas.

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