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Delta’s New Mech Suits Look Awesome

Delta’s New Mech Suits Look Awesome
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The future is here, and, we have to say that it looks pretty freaking cool.

Earlier this month, Delta wowed the crowds at CES 2020 with a full-body, wearable exoskeleton robot to extend the physical capabilities of Delta’s ground crew, which is a more boring way to say that the future is here and it’s wearing a mech suit.

Delta Gets Superhuman Powers

Delta has paired with Sarcos Robotics to bring us the world’s first and only full-body, battery-powered exoskeleton. While wearing it, Delta employees can avoid injuries and “lift up to 200 pounds repeatedly for up to eight hours at a time without strain or fatigue.” Which, basically, will give them superhuman strength for extended periods of time.

Delta says they will be using it to help ground crew load cargo, repair and maintain the aircraft and “a whole variety of other situations.” If you check out the video above, one of those situations is lifting heavy baggage. Which will hopefully mean that your luggage is less likely to get shotputted on and off of the baggage trolley by someone using momentum to help sort your 49.9 lb luggage.

And, because being able to shotput 50lb luggage will no longer be a limiting strength requirement for certain jobs at Delta, the applicant pool will be significantly widened.

“We owe it to the best airline employees on the planet to explore how emerging technology can make their jobs safer and easier,” said Gareth Joyce, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Airport Customer Service & Cargo. “That’s why we sought out a partnership with Sarcos.”

The Future Is Here

It also means that, sometime in the future, you’ll be able to look out of your window and see some of your favorite scenes in sci-fi coming to life right before you. While we don’t have an official release date for Delta’s exoskeletons, Delta plans to test the technology in a pilot location during the first quarter of 2020.

If you want to see Delta employees using the mech suits while someone from Sarcos robotics says “superhuman” quite a lot, check out this link.

And, if any exoskeleton-bound Delta employees are reading this, we’d like to put in a formal request for you to suit up, get out your phone and film yourself saying one of filmdom’s best quotes:

 

Then send us the video. Pretty please.

 

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