If you or your coworkers have a job that requires standing for extended periods of time, Japanese startup Archelis may have the device for you.
ArchelisFX, whose Japanese name sounds more or less like “walkable chair”, is a wearable exoskeleton. A sort of standing chair just presented at CES2021, the technology and gadget show that this year takes place in virtual form due to the pandemic.
ArchelisFX is an exoskeleton that is worn on the legs with straps, and disperses the user's body weight.
Standing while seated is easy plus
A human, non-robotic exoskeleton: a wearable mechanical device that makes standing less tiring and can provide pain relief in the legs and back.
The categories that need to stand up for work and who would benefit from these exoskeletons? So many. Workers, surgeons, lecturers, and so many others who need to stand for many hours at a time, the company says.
Flexibility of all kinds
“ArchelisFX allows people to walk or move while wearing it. And people can easily put on this chair to stand upright, regardless of body shape or size, ”he said Katsuhiko Saho, responsible for the business development of this Archelis mechanical exoskeleton.
All very nice. I have to say, however, mine is a general assessment for this CES2021 which is really demonstrating the goodness of the saying “necessity sharpens the wit”.
But in the case of Archelis and the chair to stand upright there are some painful notes.
Where does this sad music come from? Could it be that the exoskeleton of this type is seen almost as a "crutch", has a sad appeal compared to a robotic exoskeleton? It will be the first phase of startup, it will be that the investments in research have to be recovered, it will be what you want. The fact is that the company said the product (ArchelisFX is expected to launch this year) will be priced around $ 5.000, over 4100 euros.