All our products are designed to be used by both men and women. Especially the contact points of the products to the human body and in the biomechanical principle of action, they are designed in such a way that both men and women can wear our products and use them effectively.
After a period of familiarisation, putting on and taking off takes less than twenty seconds each.
The Ottobock Back is a passive exoskeleton, because the energy storage works without an external power source and therefore does not need to be charged.
How are they developing the products further in terms of digital networking – what functions could exoskeletons have in ten years?
Networking and the use of anonymised data are of great importance, because they can earlier identify risks arising from physically strenuous work. These are areas in which we are already doing research, and they will not only find their way into our products in ten years time. The functions also have an additional benefit for the user himself/herself, it can help the user to move more economically, to protect himself/herself against injuries or simply as a practical working aid.
As of May 2020 you can use the Ottobock Back exoskeleton in your logistics processes. There are three different test packages, “Experience Basic”, “Experience Standard” and “Experience Analytics”. We support you from the introduction at the workplace to the organizational implementation and the evaluation of the results. If you would like an offer for one of the three test options, please contact us using our contact form.
There are different packages for the Ottobock Back. There will be a leasing offer as well as the possibility to buy. Customers and interested parties can choose from test packages of different sizes. In the course of these test packages, we accompany the introduction at the workstations and the evaluation of the use of Paexo Back. We would be happy to make you an offer. Please contact us using our contact form or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Ottobock is a world market leader in the field of technical orthopaedics. Our exoskeletons for rehabilitation are already on the market, e.g. the C-Brace from orthotics. After all, exoskeletons are based on the functional principle of orthoses, a field in which Ottobock can already demonstrate more than 100 years of experience. Our Paexo products are increasingly focusing on prevention at a wide variety of workplaces.
When will exoskeletons be available for private use, for shopping, or for loading things from the car?
The commercialization of our exoskeleteons is a goal we have firmly in mind. The world of exoskeletons is new and exciting, and our extensive experience in industry, crafts and logistics will help us optimize the product for private use. We will be happy to keep you up to date on this.
Does the use of exoskeletons possibly result in job cuts because the work can be done more effectively?
The opposite is the case. On the one hand, we see in many sectors, including logistics or warehouses at industrial companies, that automation approaches are interesting and are being tried out, but also often reach their limits. We don’t know what will happen in ten years time, but the acute question of relieving employees through personal measures is already arising today. In this respect, these measures are a means of maintaining the employment of people who work in such logistics processes. We are observing that people who have fallen ill return to the labour market in good health, but may not be able to return to where they were originally employed. That is where we start with our exoskeletons and there is a very good potential for Ottobock Back.
No, the user does not get superpowers. The principle of our products is to support the user and thereby relieve the user. The Ottobock Back works in the area of the lower spine and produces a measurable positive relief effect when lifting heavy loads. When bending, energy is stored in the system and returned to the user as soon as the person straightens up again. The lower spinal column area is noticeably relieved up to 25 kg.
Our products are developed according to biomechanical principles. Two important issues are the application and transfer of forces and the interfaces on the body. The principle of force redirection is crucial for all our exoskeletons. Please have a look at the Ottobock Shoulder studies on our website to get an impression of our work.
Can Ottobock Back also be used in other industries, for example in the care sector or at the airport for loading luggage?
In the care sector we are researching possible applications for Ottobock Back. We are not yet using it in this area. Nurses are exposed to an enormous strain on the spine, which can lead to serious diseases and injuries in the back. This is what we are researching and we will be happy to keep you up to date with the developments on our channels. The airport is a classic application for the Ottobock Back. Areas of application are baggage loading on the aircraft and processing in the airport.
The Ottobock Back is “Made in Germany” and was developed in Duderstadt.
The textiles of the Ottobock Back are removable, washable and reusable. The technique can be wiped with a damp cloth. It is possible to order a hygiene set for the replacement of the textiles.