suitX designs light-weight medical exoskeletons
Wearable robot developed to assist those with neurological conditions and enable enhanced locomotion skills
California-based company, suitX has launched its medical exoskeletons, dubbed Phoenix, for those with mobility disorders.
Exoskeletons are wearable robots with an outer framework worn by a person to assist them with movement, enhance strength and endurance.
Phoenix is embedded with intelligence and complex hardware and software to improve the acquisition of locomotion skills by children. suitX aims to assist children affected by neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida, where walking is either difficult or impossible.
The lightweight model itself comprises of a hip module, two knee modules and two feet modules to enable users to have the freedom to choose a module tailored for their intended activity.
The robot features battery life of 4 hours continuous walking or 8 hours of intermittent use. The maximum recorded speed is 1.1mph and gait parameters can be tuned by a physical therapist through an Android app. It is estimated to cost $40,000 and weighs 27lbs.
"We started suitX out of our passion to develop low-cost consumer bionic products to improve the quality of life for people around the world," said suitX CEO Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni.
"We have tackled problems associated with design, human machine interface (HMI), actuation, power management, and control during the development of our medical exoskeletons. We designed the Phoenix to be accessible and versatile so that it can be used by children."