Honda Xcelerator to Debut Collaborations Focused on Augmenting Human Capabilities at CES 2020

Honda Xcelerator Collaborations
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Honda Xcelerator, a global open innovation program from Honda Innovations, will debut industrial innovation collaborations with startups focused on augmenting human capabilities to improve productivity at the CES 2020.

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Honda Xcelerator also will showcase soon-to-be commercialized technologies based on successful collaborations with Drivemode and SoundHound Inc., says a press release.

“At Honda, we believe the human touch is still required to achieve high-quality and flexibility in manufacturing,” said Dennis Clark, managing director of Strategic Venture Partnerships at Honda Innovations. “By collaborating with innovative startups, we want to ensure our associates have a safe production environment while providing them with advanced tools that make our manufacturing processes even more efficient.”

At CES 2020, Honda Xcelerator will showcase the following industrial innovation collaborations:

Monolith AI’s library of machine learning algorithms will allow companies to create and share sophisticated AI solutions faster, linking different departments and applications, ultimately saving time and money in today’s hyper-efficient product development processes.

Noonee, a Germany company, will demonstrate Chairless Chair 2.0, a passive exoskeleton that enables employees with standing workplaces to work ergonomically, comfortably and productively. The lightweight wearable chair enables users to flexibly switch between active sitting, walking and standing – avoiding unhealthy posture and pressure on joints that can lead to injuries.

A person sitting on a wearable chair
Noone’s Chairless Chair 2.0 is a passive exoskeleton that enables employees with standing workplaces to work ergonomically, comfortably and productively (Image: Noonee)

Skelex has developed Skelex 360, an ergonomic device for the manufacturing environment to reduce risk of repetitive strain injuries. The wearable device creates a sensation of weightlessness in the arms when reaching overhead by providing adjustable lift force from 0.5 kg to 4 kg. The device works as an extension of the body, providing support to the arms without obstructing movement.

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UVeye’s new artificial intelligence-powered technology promises to dramatically change how auto makers and dealerships inspect vehicles for quality issues. It can check chassis components, bodywork and tires for external and mechanical flaws and detect other quality issues. The scanning, detecting and alerting process completes within seconds and can be used throughout the entire lifecycle of a vehicle.