Rigid Clothing, Or Wearable Furniture?

If you are in a profession that has you standing in one place for a long time, you might consider this Archelis "wearable chair".

(ARCHELIS wearable chair video)

At first glance Archelis does not look like a chair at all. The wearable chair looks more like a leg brace. The wearer of Archelis will not get full comfort of sitting on a chair but the gadget actually wraps around the wearer’s buttocks and legs, providing support that effectively allows them to sit down wherever and whenever needed. The developers of Archelis suggest that even though the chair is targeted for surgeons performing long surgeries, it can be used by anyone in fields that require a lot of standing. Moreover, the chair may also assist people who have to sit briefly after walking for a while.

This is amazingly close to the earliest mention of the idea of an exoskeleton that I know about, from "A Conquest of Two Worlds", by Edmond Hamilton, published by Wonder Stories in 1932.

Earth's scientists solved the problem to some extent by devising rigid metallic clothing not unlike armor which would support the interior human structure against Jupiter's pull...

"Their greatest obstacle was not the Jovians themselves, who could offer no effective resistance to the atom-blasts and bombs of Crane's men, but the terrible Jovian gravity that made each movement an effort, that required them to wear the metal body-support armor and made their movements still more difficult..."
(Read lots more about the rigid metallic clothing)

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