Quasi-Active Robotic Exoskeleton Suit


Inquiry: What if we could augment worker strength without hindering motion?


“PhenEx” quasi-active wearable robotic exoskeleton


GoX Labs, AKE, Phoenix Robotics Group

Research Partner

Arizona State University

Principle Investigator

Thomas Sugar, PhD

Research Objective:

Industry testing & validation



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he Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 2.1 million people experienced workplace injuries in 2020. Robotic exoskeleton suits can help prevent injury by assisting body movements and lifting ergonomics, but most suits — particularly quasi-active ones — are not commercially available despite the huge number of annual injuries.

GoX Labs, AKE and the Phoenix Robotics Group are developing the made-in-Arizona “PhenEx” Exoskeleton based on 15 years of advancing critical technology with Arizona State University. The PhenEx will decrease injury risk by leveraging body sensors to activate spring elements when workers perform tasks like squatting or lifting. By making PhenEx commercially accessible, more workers will be exposed to preventative measures and experience improved wellness.

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