There’s a lot of talk about machines replacing human workers on the factory floor. But some machines are augmenting human workers in new ways to make workers more efficient.

Futurism reports on the exoskeletons Ford is rolling out on their factory floors:

HALF MAN, HALF MACHINE. Full-blown automation may be the future of manufacturing, but we’re not there yet. While some machines have taken over the more painstaking tasks on the factory floor, humans still play a vital role in the production line. But often, it isn’t easy work. Tasks typically require being on one’s feet, and some even involve making repetitive arm motions up to 4,600 times a day or one million times a year. Ouch.

At Ford though, this might all be changing. Exoskeleton use on Ford’s factory floors could soon shift into overdrive, according to Engadget.

Learn more about how these exoskeletons work here.

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