The Guardian XO industrial exoskeleton, a full-body, battery-powered wearable industrial robot designed to increase strength and endurance, has been chosen by TIME as one of the 100 Best Inventions of 2020. The Guardian XO exoskeleton was selected in the Productivity category. An earlier hydraulically-powered prototype version of the Guardian XO exoskeleton, the XOS 2, was also named to TIME’s Best Inventions of 2010 list.
The award winners, which will be included in the November 30/December 7 print issue of TIME, were chosen among nominations from the publication’s editors and correspondents around the world, as well as through an online application process. Judges evaluated entries based on several factors, including originality, effectiveness, ambition, and impact. The results included a list of winners ranging from a smarter beehive to a greener tube of toothpaste to the technology that could catalyze a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Guardian XO exoskeleton, which has been under development for more than 20 years, can safely lift up to 200 pounds for extended work sessions and is applicable to a myriad of industries, such as aviation, manufacturing, warehousing and logistics, oil & gas, construction, defense, and others. The Guardian XO exoskeleton is designed to significantly increase the wearer’s strength and endurance while eliminating strain and fatigue on the body.
“We are thrilled and honored to be recognized by TIME once again in their esteemed annual Best Inventions list,” said Ben Wolff, chairman and CEO, Sarcos Robotics. “As we approach the commercial availability of our Guardian XO industrial exoskeleton robot, being chosen for this award provides further validation of our product and its potential to revolutionize the workforce by reducing occupational injuries and addressing labor shortages worldwide.”
To see the complete list of winners, visit https://time.com/collection/best-inventions-2020/