Answer: They're light and cheap.
At 27 pounds and just $40,000, the Phoenix exoskeleton made by suitX will serve as the platform for a new pediatric device. The technology won the company a $1 million top prize through the United Arab Emirates Robotics for Good competition, edging out 663 other entries from around the world.
“We are honored to be the winner from among this extraordinary group of competitors. Our team is passionate about our desire to create low-cost consumer bionic products to improve the quality of life for people around the world,” said Homayoon Kazerooni, suitX CEO. “By aiming at neurologically disabled children, we can make the difference between children spending their lives in a wheelchair or actually standing and walking. We are going to use this cash prize to create a versatile and accessible pediatric exoskeleton.”