FORTIS’ lightweight and rugged frame gives users the ability to “suit up” without assistance and get to work with virtually no learning curve.
Redefining the Power Suit
To meet the objectives, the studio approached FORTIS from the ground up with a “Whole to the Parts to the Whole” perspective. Not only were critical parts such as the foot, knee, and hip joints examined and refined, but also the dynamics between these parts as they functioned together as an integrated unit to compliment the user at work and in motion.
Among the first elements refined was the foot area. Previous exoskeletons featured large plates for users to stand on to assure load transfer. This foundation was an ergonomic challenge for workers moving on varied surfaces and climbing ladders. FORTIS’s design resolved this issue by putting workers’ feet firmly back on the ground where the body’s constant adjustments to terrain once again gave workers sure and natural footing in their environment.
Putting the “Bio” in Biomechanics
Going further, ROBRADY then considered how the exoskeleton functioned in concert with its most important component: the human being. The studio’s commitment to humanizing technology infused FORTIS with ergonomic and environmental refinements that are distinct in exoskeleton design. FORTIS’ lightweight and rugged frame gives users the ability to “suit up” without assistance and get to work with virtually no learning curve. The suit can easily be adjusted to the height and handedness of various workers and removed quickly and safely in the event of emergency.