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The story behind Succor
Succor was developed at the University of Twente. The goal of the project was to find a way to translate the amazing capabilities of animals like the octopus and the lumpfish into a practical technical solution. By finding similarities between independently evolved species a number of innovative strategies were uncovered that have been incorporated in the design of the Succor lifting aid. This way of designing new products is often revered to as biomimetic design and gives the Succor its unique set of capabilities.
The name Succor, which comes from the English word succour means giving assistance or aid to someone. Succor is meant to alleviate some of the stress that physical labour imposes on the body. It offers workers a better way of lifting large and heavy objects by creating a stable anchor point. In this way they can create a comfortable handle wherever they want, or use a lifting harness to make lifting more ergonomically responsible.