JAL to Use Wearable Device to Help Cargo Staff

Economy Technology

Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japan Airlines <9201> has announced plans to use wearable power-assist device to help staff load and unload suitcases and other heavy objects at airports.

The device, developed by Atoun Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corp. <6752>, eases strains on the lower back when a user lifts baggage, using sensors that monitor body movements and automatically control installed motors.

JAL has introduced 10 units each at Narita International Airport near Tokyo and Tokyo International Airport at Haneda, according to the company's announcement on Tuesday.

"We hope to alleviate physical burdens to create a work environment that is friendly to women and the elderly," an official said.

The device is priced at some 700,000 yen per unit. JAL will check the effects of the products and consider expanding their use to other airports in Japan.

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