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Hyundai Motor unveils wearable robot

All Headlines 10:11 May 13, 2016

SEOUL, May 13 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Group, South Korea's auto giant, has unveiled photos of a wearable robot that can be applied in plants, national defense and many other areas, group officials said Friday.

The robot that one can wear by simply buckling into it is reminiscent of the suit seen in “Iron Man,” a Hollywood blockbuster movie. It has been developed by major affiliates of the auto giant including Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp. and Hyundai Rotem Co., according to the officials.

Some photos of the robot were posted on the blog run by the group.

"This wearable robot that we are developing for commercial purposes will be used in diverse areas," a group official said. "Such a robot development is in line with Hyundai Motor Group's vision for free mobility of people and things."

The wearable robot under development is known to help the controller by enhancing overall physical strength, making it possible to lift an object weighing over 60 kilograms and assist him or her walk and go up stairs.

When the final version will hit market is not known but the wearable robot is expected to be used in many areas including military and production lines. It can also be used in assisting people with disabilities and the elderly to walk and engage in diverse activities, experts said.

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