Wearable robots are highly useful in supplementing our abilities in our daily life. That is, if you use a wearable robot, you can help a person with a handicap in the legs travel freely like any normal person. Also, the workers who have to handle heavy loads can gain relief from the strain in their lower back by using a low-back supplementation wearable robot.
To realize wearable robots for such applications, it is imperative that the wearer should feel the robot as if it is a comfortable and natural extension of his/her own body. This is what we call HRI, or Human-Robot Interaction. It is the technology to have the robot detect our decisions and intentions using sensors in real-time and control the movement of robot itself based on such information.
Hyundai Motor Group started its project to develop “Industrial Muscle-Power Enhancement Robots,” (which was a government-funded project in 2010) and secured the core technology for building its own wearable robots in 2015. The company is also dedicated to developing the robot technologies for soldiers in the future.
In addition, the company is engaged in other development projects for different types of wearable robots for industrial and medical applications, etc.
Developed the wearable robot with the world's highest walking performance (2016, HUMA)
Heavy-Load Handling Fullbody Wearable Robot (2014, HWR)
Modular Wearable Robot for Enhancement of Repeated Works (HWEX)