The Association That’s Helping to Build the Future of Exoskeletons
Now is the right time to create a hub of collaboration
In case you were looking for some fresh evidence that we’re already living in the future, a new initiative from ASTM International might just offer all you need.
The standards body recently revealed that it was working on building global standards for exoskeletons, essentially wearable machines that extend what a person can do—for example, lifting heavy objects that would be impossible for an individual to lift up on their own. Such technology is innovative and potentially game-changing in fields like construction, medicine, and manufacturing, but a lack of comprehensive standards has limited its reach.
As Roger Bostelman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology put it, according to Forbes, “Sometimes people are talking about the same thing using different terms, and other times people are using the same term but mean different things.”
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