Technology: Fortis

Superman, Batman, Iron Man, and you?  Lockheed Martin’s (LMT) new invention, Fortis, may get consumers one step closer to achieving the superstrength of history’s favorite heros. The company has begun to test Fortis which is described as an exoskeleton that can shoulder the first 36 pounds of whatever its user is holding. It felt “pretty much weightless” said Jim Medley, an assembly line worker at a cargo plane factory in Marietta, Ga, while he lifted a 30 lb. riveter. The cargo plane factory is the first place that LMT has begun to test the new technology. Beyond helping childhood dreams to come true, Fortis minimizes worker fatigue, thus allowing workers to work longer hours with fewer breaks. “Iron Man is a fictional character that breaks the laws of physics, but Fortis is a real product for real people,” Lockheed’s exoskeleton technology manager Patricia Aelker said.

Contributor: Phoebe Roe

 

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