What the well-dressed farmer in Japan will be wearing



Hey, all you creaky-jointed boomer gardeners out there. Scientists in Japan have you covered. Literally. This robot suit includes 8 motors in a rigid resin frame that give a power assist to farmers trying to pull huge daikons out of the ground or performing other chores that cause strain on the back, waist, hips, and arms. They also refer to it as a robotic exoskelton.

Ok, that’s all I know. Most of the info seems to be in Japanese.

Via Boing Boing and (who else) mentee/much-time-on-hands Ron.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. It’s actually hat tip, so I used it incorrectly before, but I think it could also be hot tip.

    Strictly speaking, should have been: “HT Ron the mentee”

    Quite innocuous.

  2. I saw something like this on tv only it was the military using it. They could unload tons of materials and not injur themselves nor get tired.

  3. Yeah, I was kinda wondering about that “HT” thing, too. I’m not up (or down) with the lingo you Gen Z kidz bandy about. That’s why I’m gettin’ me one ‘ them robot suits.
    –Ron the Mentee

  4. Oh, wow, I’d love one of those suits! Imagine how much more quickly our rock wall would get built. My neighbors already wonder about me when they see me gardening with my weight belt on (best back saver I’ve ever discovered). I can only imagine their reaction if I had one of those suits. Look out, here comes Robo-Lisa!

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