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Playa Vista start-up's exoskeletal arms give workers a helping hand

June 15, 2011 |  1:10 pm


They resemble the arms of the Terminator, but a new line of exoskeletal limbs are actually made to help humans become stronger and work longer.

Equipois, a Playa Vista company featured in the Los Angeles Times Business section on Wednesday, is set to begin shipping units of its latest line of limbs in July.

The new x-Ar mechanical arms were designed to help professional such as surgeons, dentists or sculptors who work with their hands longer without feeling fatigue.

Check out the video below to see the x-Ar in action.


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Photo: Eric Golden, president and chief executive of Playa Vista-based Equipois, holds a rivet squeezer, which is used in aerospace manufacturing to join together structural components. Equipois makes heavy tools used in manufacturing effectively weightless by adding a mechanical arm. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times