Last year, the Hyundai Group introduced a piece of revolutionary equipment that would help make the lives of their factory workers easier. Called the Vest Exoskeleton or VEX for short, it is essentially a wearable robotic assist system for industrial workers, particularly with regards to overhead assembly.
Hyundai says that VEX can improve productivity and reduce fatigue by imitating the movement of human joints and boosting it. As a result, it can reduce the strain that factory workers experience.
Thanks to the development of VEX, the Hyundai Group won the Product Design category (Innovative Product field) at the Red Dot Design Awards.
“This award is a testament to the collaboration between Robotics Lab and the Hyundai Design Center. Under Hyundai’s brand vision of 'Progress for Humanity', our lab has been trying to pioneer robotics through converging various technologies. With the success of and recognition on VEX, Hyundai will continue developing novel products that will provide people with better life quality,” said Dong Jin Hyun, Head of Robotics Lab at Hyundai Motor Group.
What makes VEX unique is that it utilizes new technology which eliminates the need for a battery. Considering it weighs only 2.8 kg, it also provides a maximum force of 5.5 kgf. Since it was rolled out, Hyundai says they have received positive feedback from its workers.
In addition to VEX, the Hyundai Group is also working on another wearable robot Chairless Exoskeleton (CEX). With CEX, workers can easily maintain a sitting position without a stool or chair. Together with VEX, the automaker plans to roll out these items in plants all over the world.
Hopefully in the next Red Dot Design Awards, the CEX will also win an award.