(Yicai Global) April 1 -- A China-made wearable robot that can help disabled people walk will enter the market in one to two years, said the device's developer.
Fourier Intelligence Co. unveiled the Fourier X1 bot to the public in Shanghai in March, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Industrial design principles were applied during the making of the 20-kilogram exoskeleton, Xinhua quoted Gu Jie, chief executive of the Shanghai-based company, as saying. Fourier X1 can assist people who have had a stroke or spinal cord injury with walking.
Fourier X1 units are expected to be a third cheaper than similar foreign models, which are sold for between CNY600,000 (USD87,000) and CNY1 million apiece. The Chinese walking aid features four motors, two for the hips and two for the knees, as well as four internal batteries that allow it to work for seven hours.
Fourier Intelligence was founded in 2015 at Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, and provides rehabilitation robot products and services.