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.

Atlas, the humanoid robot

We always get to see fully functional robots in movies and TV shows that make the notion of humanoid robots more of a fantasy rather than a future reality. Today we begin to see a bridge from the present to the future of robotics. Boston Dynamics has refined its humanoid Atlas robot, which is quite phenomenal.

Boston Dynamics builds advanced robots that take on the characteristics of living things such as dogs and humans. It gained enormous popularity through “Spot”, its robotic dog, that’s able to handle itself on various terrain and capable of

SOURCE| Boston Dynamics YouTube

Its newest model of Atlas, the humanoid robot, shows just how close we are to creating advanced humanoids. It’s 5 feet 9 inches, weighs around 190 lbs, the last model weighed 330 lbs and was 6 feet tall.

Boston Dyanimcs recently released a video showing what the robot is capable of. Its able to handle itself indoors and outdoors, using a wide array of sensors, LIDAR, and stereo sensors giving it the ability to walk, balance itself, avoid obstacles, and navigate itself around diverse terrain.

In the video, linked below for you to see, shows how advanced the robot is. The man vs the robot, probably not a wise idea, but you get to see the enormous progress that has been made. It won’t be too long before we start to see more advanced versions and then maybe we’ll be wishing that humanoid robots were a thing of fantasy.

SOURCE| Boston Dynamics YouTube