Rubicon Global and Georgia Tech are banding together to develop an exoskeleton that will improve the health of waste slingers, one of the most taxing labor jobs in the country.
The “Uber for recycling” partnered with ramblin wreck engineers in the Exoskeleton and Prosthetic Intelligent Controls Lab led by Dr. Aaron Young to first overhaul a human subject study of waste slingers in Atlanta.
Results of the study will determine how Tech engineers will develop a supportive exoskeleton technology through musculoskeletal modeling, which involves analyzing the dynamics of the muscle and bone within the body.
During the initial stage of the partnership, engineers in Young’s lab will analyze the biometrics of Rubicon’s workers and later develop a prototype exoskeleton that best suits their needs.
“The first phase of this research collaboration between Georgia Tech and Rubicon is going to be taking slingers and bringing them into the biomechanics lab and having them do a task and measuring their joint torts, their joint stresses,” he said.
At Georgia Tech’s EPIC lab, engineers are able to measure different parameters of people using exoskeletons to better the technology, he said.
Rubicon Global, a waste management and recycling startup in Atlanta, has partnered with Georgia Tech to conduct a human study of trash slingers to develop an exoskeleton.