Technology is awesome and sometimes we in the tech media get so tied up in consumer based technology we don’t cover enough of the other types of tech, like the Phoenix Exoskeleton which is aiming to help paraplegics walk again. suitX is the company behind the Phoenix Exoskeleton which is currently priced in at $40,000 but the company expects to reduce that price in the near future. The nice thing about the Phoenix is that it is lightweight coming in at a slim 27lbs which is insanely beneficial to the user. There are other exoskeleton suits being worked on so suitX isn’t the first to do this but it certainly is one of the nicer ones we have seen, check out the videos below.
The Phoenix exoskeleton is the world’s lightest and most advanced exoskeleton designed to help people with mobility disorders to be upright and mobile. In the clinic, at home, and in the workplace Phoenix has successfully enabled many individuals to stand up, walk about, and speak to peers eye-to-eye.
- A modular exoskeleton allowing the user to independently put on and remove each piece.
- Weighs only 12.25kg (27 lbs), affording greater agility.
- A speed of 1.1 miles/hour (0.5 m/sec) has been clocked by a Phoenix user. However, the maximum speed depends on the individual user.
- On a single charge, Phoenix can walk for 4 hours continuously or 8 hours intermittently.
- Phoenix is adjustable for different size users and can be easily configured to fit individual conditions.
- An intuitive interface makes it easy for users to control standing up, sitting down and walking.
- Phoenix can comfortably be worn while seated in a wheelchair.
It’s pretty amazing how far we’ve come in exoskeleton technology and it’s going to be interesting to see where the Phoenix Exoskeleton goes from here. What do you think of the Phoenix exoskeleton? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.