SuitX is creating affordable exoskeletons to help the disabled walk again
Exoskeletons might seem like an invention from the future but would it interest you to know that exoskeletons have been used for years in most cases in military or industrial applications.
SuitX, created by Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni the Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory Director, makes exoskeletons. In many cases exoskeletons are used to help people with motor or muscular disabilities and paraplegia regain their mobility. Their suit is called the Phoenix.
The Phoenix weighs 27lbs and consists of modules for two knees, feet, and the hip, 5 total. Depending on which modules are needed, users able to pick depending on their disability or use. It also comes with an app that can be used to set movement parameters. Batteries can last 8 hours if used sparingly or 4 hours of continuous use.
The only downside is the price, which puts it at $40 thousand, though the company is working on created affordable exoskeletons for the general population, shifting its focus from just military and industrial use.
While the suit might be costly as of now it might jump own in price considerably, enough to at least marginally afford one. These suits can be life changing and can be used in many different applications, which makes exoskeletons a very interesting technology of the future.