- R&D 100 Awards
MAX (Modular Agile eXoskeleton) is a workplace exoskeleton in three modules that allows workers to complete shoulder, lower back and leg-intensive tasks with reduced injury risk.
MAX is designed to support workers during the repetitive tasks that most frequently cause injury. While many repetitive tasks today are performed by robots and machines, the MAX exoskeleton is designed for unstructured workplaces where no robot can work as efficiently as a human worker. This includes construction, airports, assembly lines, shipbuilding, warehouses, delivery services and factories. MAX is composed of three exoskeleton modules: backX, shoulderX and legX. These versatile modules support workers performing strenuous activities including lifting, stooping, bending and squatting, allowing workers to become more productive by reducing muscle strain by as much as 60 percent. The three modules—backX, shoulderX and legX—can be worn independently and in any combination. MAX is lightweight and comfortable and its adjustable size fits 95 percent of human dimensions. The modules intelligently engage when needed and does not impede the wearer otherwise. Wearers can perform normal activities—such as driving or climbing stairs—without having to take them off. MAX is also dust proof and waterproof.