Koba Lab, from the Tokyo University of Science, has developed a 9kg kit with a pair of pneumatic artificial muscles on the back, which are made by industrial equipment manufacturer Kanda Tsushin. When pressurized with air using electrical components, the lightweight, loosely-woven PET tubes contract and consequently provide support to the user’s back, shoulders and elbows.

Shown here lifting sacks of rice, this technology definitely has the capability to do greater things.