New Scientist: elderly residents of Japan began to wear exoskeletons to continue to work in old age

The country's population is considered one of the “oldest” in the world.

Elderly Japanese moonlight as loaders
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Elderly residents of Japan began using exoskeletons to continue to work in old age. The devices facilitate the carrying of heavy loads and relieve the load from the spine, legs and arms. This was reported by New Scientist.

According to journalists, exoskeletons were the response of technology companies to an aging population. For example, Innophys has developed a suit in the form of a backpack that can be charged manually by squeezing the pump 30 times – this will pump “muscles” with air for work.

When ready, the device allows people to effortlessly lift up to 24 kilograms of weight. One exoskeleton will cost about 1300 dollars (81 thousand rubles).

The company told reporters that one of the clients was a family-owned company that produces and sells pickled radishes. With the help of an exoskeleton, the head of the family was able to continue working with heavy weight despite his 70 years of age.

Panasonic’s Atoun Model Y suits are also popular in the country for prices starting at 5.5 thousand dollars (345 thousand rubles) and Toyota prototypes . The automaker has not yet released the exoskeleton to the market and is conducting a study partially aimed at supporting older workers.

Japan is considered one of the oldest nations in the world. According to the American Bureau of Population Research from 2015, the country had the largest percentage of people over 65 years old – 26%.

In September 2018, the Japanese authorities recorded more than 20% of residents over 70 years old, while the birth rate continues to fall in the country for a long time. Because of this, authorities are considering raising the retirement age from 60 to 70 years.

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