The Austin project represents a series of technologies that lead to low cost and therefore accessible exoskeleton systems for individuals with mobility disorders. This effort is called the Austin Project in honor of its first human test subject: Austin Whitney, a recent UC Berkeley Graduate.

If you would be interested in licensing or investment on the Austin Project, please email us directly at exo(at)berkeley(dot) edu.

Austin Whitney walks in 2011 commencement using Austin Exoskeleton

A documentary by Jan Sturmann on Austin Project


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The Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC™) is the third generation exoskeleton system. It incorporates the features of ExoHiker™ and ExoClimber™ exhibiting two independent characteristics:

  • It takes up to 200 pounds without impeding the wearer (Strength Augmentation)
  • It decreases its wearer’s metabolic cost (Endurance Augmentation).

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Berkeley Lower Extremity Exoskeleton (BLEEX)

The Berkeley exoskeleton system provides soldiers, disaster relief workers, wildfire fighters, and other emergency personnel the ability to carry major loads such as food, rescue equipment, first-aid supplies, communications gear and weaponry with minimal effort over any type of terrain for extended periods of time. The vision for the device is that it will provide a versatile transport platform for mission-critical equipment.

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