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STARX was started in the Spring of 2015 by students at the University of Michigan's College of Engineering with the goal of designing and building a powered exoskeleton which could augment the strength of a healthy adult. To accomplish this, our high-level plan is to first design a strength-augmenting upper-body exoskeleton, then design a load-bearing leg exoskeleton, and finally integrate the two into a full suit. We are currently a team of approximately 25 students from a multitude of disciplines.

From left to right: Kevin Rabideau, Niraj Patel, Anne Gu

Future Goals

  • Over the 2019-2020 academic year, we hope to:
  • Make improvements on the Modular Leg Exoskeleton design.
  • Increase the efficency of the Modular Leg Exoskeleton, and create a printed circuit board for the arm.
  • Accurately characterize the gait cycle.
  • Investigate more into controls.