Welcome to the Exoskeleton Suit Website

When I first came across the exoskeleton suit all I could think about was this:

Could an exoskeleton suit mean that a wheelchair user could walk again?

Simple as that. I started this website because of that almost unthinkable possibility. So this site is not about the military applications – this is about the possibility of using exoskeleton suits to help people get out of their wheelchairs and walk.

The aim of ExoskeletonSuit.net is to become a key, non-commercial resource for exoskeleton suits, with news, views and input from people all over the world.

If you are a wheelchair user, or if you are close to someone who is, you’re probably wondering if one day you yourself could walk using one of these devices. I don’t want to create any false hopes here, just to present information to you as it comes to us. These suits are still very much in development.

Even if and when they become widely available commercially, the price could be high. Even if you can afford one, it is very likely that many wheelchair users will not be able to benefit from this technology because of their particular level or type of disability.

Having said that, nobody would be so much as contemplating the development of the exoskeleton suit for wheelchair users unless there was a chance of a positive result for enough people to make it commercially viable, so there has to be hope.

As I write this, it’s a particularly interesting time in the development of exoskeleton technology, with a significant amount of work being done. That’s another reason for the building of a resource like ExoSkeletonSuit.net at this time.

We welcome your feedback and contributions – this website really does depend on it. Please leave a comment below. Perhaps you are interested in how this technology could affect you or those around you? Maybe you would like to see something new added to the website. Or maybe you just want to get in touch with others who are interested in the potential for this technology.

So that you don’t miss out on the latest exoskeleton news, please register for updates by leaving your email to the right.

31 Comments Post a Comment
  1. John says:

    When is ths suit available to buy/rent do you think? so many people need this

  2. admin says:

    John, the company behind the one in the video did say that the Rewalk exoskeleton suit was due to be available commercially at the end of 2010. However, we await news on that and it all depends how well the tests go and whether FDA approval is given.

    Please subscribe to our email updates on the top right of the page and we’ll let you know news as we get it.

    Regards

    Michael

  3. Ben says:

    Hi, may I know what is the properties and specification for this exoskeleton? What material is this exoskeleton made of and how long can the power source last for?

  4. satwik says:

    i want to know whether it can be controlled by brain or manually …???

  5. admin says:

    Thanks for your message.

    One of the most hopeful types of suit is activated by sensors that detect small movements of the upper body that occur during normal walking. The movements are detected and then the motors in the exoskeleton suit are activated to produce the full walking movement. This type of suit is therefore not directly controlled by the brain but neither is it controlled by a conscious manual effort.

  6. Ana says:

    Hi I saw this suit being used on the tv programme yesteday I wanted to know if it would also be usable for people with cerebral palsy to make them walk ? and where could you try this suit or buy ?

  7. Ana says:

    Hi there I couldnt reply by mail .
    I saw the programme on monday 17/10.2011 channel 4 @ 8:00pm .
    its called brave new world with steve hawking .
    There will be another episode next week monday .it feature all this new inventions that makes such a change towards human being lives .

    Ana

  8. admin says:

    I’m posting a new article shortly with an update on the Ekso exoskeleton suit shown in the programme. Thanks for your comment Ana.

  9. admin says:

    Here is the link to the new article, just published: http://exoskeletonsuit.net/exoskeleton-suit-blog/ekso-exoskeleton-suit

  10. Tony Tolley says:

    si how do we purchase one ? or do we wwait until it gets more advanced,,,, my nephew needs one, sounds like this would help him get out of wheel chair and begin taking some steps.

  11. admin says:

    Hello Tony

    I still don’t know of these being readily available for retail, but it is only a matter of time because product development is happening in several places in the world now. Then, it will be a question of how much they cost and how much they are subsidised by the relevant health bodies. I’ll try to keep the site up-to-date as news comes in.

  12. Jim says:

    Is Yobotics still in business? If they are, are they on Gilbert Ave or in Norwood?

  13. admin says:

    Hi Jim
    I don’t have a lot of recent information on them, but this is their web site: http://yobotics.com .

  14. Ken says:

    This exoskeliton suit could get me out of my wheelchair and relieve my constant tailbone pain. After 5 years in a wheelchair, this is the first bit of encouraging news I’ve heard to help normalize my life. In addition to losing my ability to walk, I lost my speech to a major stroke.
    I’ll be interested to read news of the path to this technology reaching regular disabled people out here.

  15. Rachel Coleman says:

    I am a quadraplegic. I work out and walk on RGO’s. Please let me know of any updates

  16. Linda Reynolds says:

    has there been any more updates since 2010. do you think they would have an exosuit to fit a man who is paralysed on the right side? my husband is hemiplegic, the left side works but not the right. stroke in 2004. prices?? availability? in which country? thanks Linda.

  17. kate says:

    how soon do you speculate the suit may become avalible for purchase by the public and any specs on the individual cost to consumers?

  18. Jeff Becerra says:

    Wondering if this will work for “Completes”? Meaning for those of us that have completely severed spinal cords and no movement (not even partial) below our levels?? I am a T-3 Complete Paraplegic and have really been interested in whether or not these things are worth the cost. Does anybody know where we can take one of these puppies for a “test ride”?!! I would *love* to try one on for size.

    Jeff B Becerra Sr.
    23 Years T-3 Paraplegic

  19. Johanna Merrett says:

    I have MS. My upper body and arms are fine. Driving out a wheelchair. My legs has full sensation but no power. Thus I need only a suit for the legs? Willing to trial it when available. Thanks.

  20. admin says:

    Thanks for your message Johanna

    Unfortunately, commercial development of the suits is still continuing and they are not readily available at this time except for one in New Zealand by Rex Bionics and the price the last time I looked was 150,000 NZ dollars, but it is expected to fall once they start selling.

    You can register for details here:

    http://www.rexbionics.com/register.php

    Regards

    Michael
    Exoskeletonsuit.net

  21. Chris says:

    I wonder if it could help a dog? I have an 8yr old am staff who has a rare brain disease called Cerebral Ataxia. Its is a extremely slow degeneration of the brain cells in the cerebellum that control balance and depth perception. It caused him to be very off balance and stumble and fall a lot. He does not suffer from physical pain or sickness of any kind. Really, the only pain he experiences in wen he falls or runs into things. He can walk (barely) and move, but its hard. Ive wondered that if there wer something he could wear that would “hold him up” in a stable, natural position, but still allow him to move his legs on his own. Kind of an assisted movement and stability. Basically, the more i can limit the “accident” type injuries and help him get around more comfortably, i could potentially ad another few yrs to my best friends life. This probably sounds odd, or even a long shot but ive been searching for some way to help him. Any ideas? Questions? Comments? Tips? Suggestions?

  22. admin says:

    Thanks for your message. I think it is a long-shot but our readers will chip in if they have any ideas, I am sure.

  23. Manuel King says:

    Is there any information available regarding possible sale or rental of the
    “suit”. My wife became paralyzed after a bladder lift operation and has
    been in a wheelchair for over 2 1/2 years now. I would appreciate any
    type of response.

  24. admin says:

    Hello Manuel

    At present, I am not aware of any opportunities to rent a suit – it’s still very early days for this technology. If any of our readers know of anything, please comment here.

    Regards

    Michael
    exoskeletonsuit.net

  25. Sushil Sharma says:

    Hi Michael,

    Would it be possible to contact the manufacturer? I would appreciate if you could provide some info. Thanks.

  26. Jesse says:

    Really interested, my husband had a stroke a year ago, has limited right side leg but no arm or hand or speech. Tried the INR Institute of Neurological Research in Boca Raton FL for a shot to help regain his limb and speech but because he has had the hiccups 24/7 which they can’t seem to stop, I think they got in the way of the shot helping out, but that is a one time deal and a lot of money where this is possibly a lot of money used for ever. Please let me know more about this and I would be interested in trial if they need someone for that also. Thank you.

  27. JOHN says:

    Would be interested in finding out about price now…they are going to be putting on a Mobility Rodeo here in town October 4, 2013

  28. Paula Rewis says:

    Hello, I would love for my 10-yr-old son to trial the Exoskeleton when it becomes available in children’s sizes. We presently have RGOs on order for him, but we’re not sure how successful they will be. I heard from a PT student that Sheppard’s Center in Atlanta has at least one patient who has been using an Exoskeleton for a while now. She actually saw him using it and said it was amazing! I will sign up for email updates. Thank you for keeping this site up to date.

    Sincerely,
    Paula

  29. admin says:

    Hi Paula,

    This technology is developing very quickly but as of yet I don’t know of anyone selling the suits for children, or adults for that matter, and it has to be said that even when they do finally come onto the market, they will inevitably be very expensive and funding may not be available. Not wishing to dash your hopes, but trying to be realistic. It’s not going to happen overnight. I will try to keep this site up-to-date with news on developments.

    Regards

    Michael

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