A new-generation exoskeleton helps the paralyzed to walk


Until recently, being paralyzed from the waist down meant using a wheelchair to get around. And although daily life is more accessible to wheelchair users, they still face physical and social limitations. The robotics lab, a team of graduate students led by mechanical engineering professor Homayoon Kazerooni from UC Berkeley’s Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory, has been working for more than a decade to create robotic exoskeletons that allow those with limited mobility to walk again. This week, a new, lighter and more agile exoskeleton, for which the Kaz lab developed the original technology, was unveiled earlier this week: The Phoenix, by SuitX.