Furion Exo-Bionics’ Prosthesis appears to be something directly from a science fiction film, and rightfully so. Weighing in at over 8,800-pounds, this giant mech is actually an exoskeleton suit of sorts that is piloted by a human. Its chromoly steel-framed, powered by electric motors generating 225 hp, uses a host of hydraulics, springs and suspension units to move its legs individually in tandem with the pilot’s limbs.
University of Grenoble researchers have spent two years developing and teaching 30-year-old quadriplegic Thibault to move his arms and legs using a brain-controlled exoskeleton. He suffered a cervical spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down after falling 15m in a night club and began the study with only the ability to move his biceps as well as right wrist.