Bionic revolution: 8 exoskeletons leading the field
A budget model, the Power Loader Ninja from Japanese manufacturer Activelink is expected to sell commercially for about $5000 when it debuts sometime this year. The suit is meant to be a workhorse, not a rehabilitative tool, and at the price point the company expects it to appeal to farm workers and delivery personnel. Photo Activelink.
Ekso by Ekso Bionics. Sharing a lineage with the first untethered powered exoskeleton, which was developed in a U.C. Berkeley lab, the Ekso GT is a wearable bionic suit that enables individuals with any amount of lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight bearing, reciprocal gait. It is currently used in clinical settings to help with gait training, and a progressive step mode helps facilitate patients’ escalating skills. In autonomous use, patients utilize crutches to fire each step. Photo Ekso Bionics.