The Phoenix Exoskeleton Costs About As Much As a Mid-Range Car

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Feb 3, 2016
References: usbionics & technologyreview
Wearable exoskeletons have shown a lot of promise as a wonderful way to help disabled people regain a good degree of mobility, but these designs have proven to be extremely expensive to the point that it's not really possible to offer them commercially.

However, the 27-pound Phoenix exoskeleton is planning to shake all that up. At only $40,000, it is fairly affordable and is available for sale to the public.

Based on robotics research from the University of California, Berkeley, the exoskeleton attaches to the wearer's hips and legs. It is modular and easily controllable by the user, while caregivers can tweak the exoskeleton's parameters using a companion Android app.

This wearable exoskeleton is particularly promising for use with disabled children whose families cannot afford other alternatives.