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New High-Tech Back Brace
Seoul and San Francisco-based industrial design studio BEBOP has designed and developed a wearable back support device, known as WIBS, to help labor-intensive workers.
The back support works as a compact exoskeleton and functions by using tensioned flexible rubber composites and mechanical gears. You can modify its strength through an analog controller located at the chest. Adjustable straps allow the brace to provide a near-universal fit for any user.
WIBS is designed for both support and comfort, meaning that workers can continue to wear it while taking breaks. The brace works without electronics and instead provides back support through tensioned flexible rubber composite and mechanical gears. This eliminates the need to charge batteries. The brace is made from durable materials that can withstand heavy use.
Because WIBS mechanically supports back muscles, itís ideal for physical labor jobs with many repetitive movements. BEBOP expects it will be used most by construction workers, warehouse workers, and courier service providers who frequently lift heavy objects.
Says BEBOP, ďItís a very simple product thatís intuitive to use without any unnecessary†features and doesnít get in the way when youíre just wearing it during breaks or tending to other tasks.Ē
WIBS was publicly announced during the global tech event CES 2023 with functional prototypes. At publication, production models are under development and should be ready for production sometime in 2023.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, BEBOP, 4F, 17, Nonhyeon-ro 153-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea 06037 (seoul@bebopdesign.co; rich@bebopdesign.co; www.bebopdesign.co; www.wirobotics.com).


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