Once just the stuff of action movies, the idea of making mechanical suits to amplify the strength of humans for use in the construction industry is spurring several companies to develop commercial exoskeletons.
Korean Future Technology has built a 13-foot-tall mechanical outfit, named Method-1, that amplifies the movements of its operator. The suit's articulated arms and legs let it manipulate objects and walk on flat surfaces.
Designer Vitaly Bulgarov - the genius behind robots used in the Terminator, Robocop and Transformer movies - said the company is working to mount only the top of the robot on a wheeled platform that would allow it to move and operate on uneven terrain.
Bugarov said “A modified version of that is already in development and is planned to help in restoration of Fukushima disaster area.”