Affordability and weightlessness serve as keys to the adoption of bionics

When thinking about exoskeletons for human limbs, usually it’s all about extending human capability, RoboCop-style. Startup SuitX is going the other way by trying to give paraplegics a chance to walk again.

While other exoskeletons in the market today can already do what SuitX’s flagship Phoenix can, it stands out given two very important and unique features: being super light and affordable. A project spun off from the UC Berkeley Human Engineering and Robotics Laboratory, it’s not just building but also targeting mainstream adoption for SuitX. The entire Phoenix setup weights just 27 lbs and while there’s no word yet on pricing, the startup has repeatedly hinted on being the cheapest option out there.

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