Berkley Bionics made the HULC exoskeleton back in 2008, and with what seems like a doubling of their efforts, the newly announced eLEGS is an evolved, complex and usable exoskeleton for day to day use.
It was built to allow paraplegics to stand up and walk , simple as that. Described as a “wearable, artificially intelligent, bionic device”, it will go through an initial phase where it will only be used in rehabilitation centers, and will then be released for use anywhere in the world. It largely fits most people up to 220 pounds, and between 5’2” and 6’4”, operates quietly, with speed up to 2MPH and enough knee flexion to allow someone to comfortably sit down and get up.
Its inner brain approximates the user’s intentions by looking at countless minute gestures through a large array of sensors. The battery packs are lithium-ion and are good for six hours of walking. Made of steel and carbon fiber, it weight 45 pounds and will be available sometime in 2011 for $100,000 – with a commercial version following in 2013.