LG develops wearable robot exoskeleton

LG SuitBot gives workers a leg up

The LG SuitBot will support manual workers and integrate with other LG work robots.
The LG SuitBot will support manual workers and integrate with other LG work robots.

LG will demonstrate its first ‘wearable robot', a robotic exoskeleton, at the upcoming IFA exhibition.

The LG CLOi SuitBot is a ‘human-centric' wearable robot, that takes the form of a lower body exoskeleton, designed to improve a user's mobility and enhance lower limb strength. The SuitBot is intended to enhance mobility of users with disabilities and to support workers in physical tasks.

The suit was developed by startup SG Robotics, which has been acquired by LG. The suit has sandal-style boots and an automatic adjustment feature, which allows a user to step in and out of the suit much more easily than other exoskeleton designs.

LG says that the SuitBot will be able to network and operate alongside its other workplace robots - Guide Robot, Cleaning Robot and Serving Robot - in a smart network setup in industries such as manufacturing, logistics and distribution.

LG CLOi service robots are being developed as part of LG's larger AI initiative for the commercial sector. AI technology allows LG CLOi SuitBot to learn and evolve through the recognition and analysis of biometric and environment data, measuring and analyzing movements to suggest optimal movements and stances for maximum power efficiency.

"LG CLOi SuitBot is evidence of our full commitment to expanding our portfolio of service robots that deliver tangible convenience and innovation in our lives," said Song Dae-hyun, president of LG's Home Appliance & Air Solution Company. "It's just one example of a wide range of revolutionary AI products designed to interact with users to dramatically elevate user convenience and create new opportunities to advance our robotics initiative into a next-gen growth engine."

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