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New exoskeleton takes injury-prevention to the max

New exoskeleton takes injury-p...
The backX module of the MAX system in use
The backX module of the MAX system in use
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The backX module of the MAX system in use
The legX module of the MAX system in use
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The legX module of the MAX system in use
The complete MAX system (back)
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The complete MAX system (back)
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The complete MAX system (front)
The shoulderX module of the MAX system in use
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The shoulderX module of the MAX system in use

Earlier this year, California-based suitX announced what it claimed was the world's most affordable mobility exoskeleton, the Phoenix. Designed for disabled users, it utilizes motors to move their legs for them. Now, the company has unveiled a non-motorized product that could make a lot of other peoples' lives easier – it's time to meet MAX, or the Modular Agile Exoskeleton.

MAX is mainly designed to be worn by industrial workers at places such as construction sites, factories and warehouses, mechanically supporting and augmenting their musculoskeletal system as they perform repetitive and/or strenuous tasks like squatting, bending and lifting.

When such activities aren't being performed, the exoskeleton remains passive, letting users move about normally throughout the day.

The complete MAX system (back)
The complete MAX system (back)

There are actually three modules making up MAX, which can be used individually or in combination, depending on what's needed. These include backX, which reduces forces and torques on the wearer's lower back; shoulderX, which reduces forces at the shoulder and enables the wearer to perform chest-to-ceiling level tasks for longer periods of time; and legX, which supports the knee joint and quadriceps.

Although there are no motors in the system, legX does incorporate microcomputers in each leg, which communicate with each other to determine if the wearer is walking, bending, or ascending/descending stairs.

For a look at how the system works, check out the video of shoulderX below.

Source: suitX

shoulderX made by suitX

1 comment
ljaques
I hate it when they put out teasers like this without pricing, but you know what it means when they don't show pricing: You can't even afford to ask! A whole lot of people could use something like this to keep them out of pain during their routines of normal life. I hope they're priced reasonably. A lot of these things are going for $100k and up, with "budget" exos going for $40k and up.