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Hyundai Medical Exoskeleton

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Hyundai Medical EXoskeleton (H-MEX) is medical wearable robot that helps paraplegics walk.[1][2]


The H-MEX or Hyundai Medical Exoskeleton was first revealed at the 3rd Creative Economy Exhibition in November 2015. This lower body powered exoskeleton was designed for users with lower spinal cord injury to aid muscle movements.

H-MEX is composed of aluminum frame that straps to person’s feet, legs, and back, with hinges at the knee and waist. With H-MEX, it’s possible to walk, climb stairs, sit and return to standing. The user uses the walking canes to guide H-MEX which way to move and turn. The buttons on the left cane command various motion functions: sit, stand, walk, stair walk, turn.

Based on the primary model, the H-MEX weighs 18.8 kg (40 pounds) and can support up to 100 kg and operate for about 4 hours.


Based on the primary model, the H-MEX weighs 18.8 kg and can support up to 100 kg and operate for about 4 hours


  • High-safety algorithm (that controls horizontal balance)
  • High-speed controller
  • User-centered interface


  • 4th of August 2020 - 2020 Reddot Design Award - Best of the Best
  • 4th of August 2020 - 2020 Reddot Design Award - Winner


Attention drifted toward H-MEX when it was displayed in the 2016 Ground Forces Festival held in South Korea on 2nd October 2016, with notions that it will support wounded armed forces. A campaign film featuring Jun-Beom Park, a para-archer of the Korean National Team, managed to drive massive attention from international media with his touching story, where he walks toward his mother with H-MEX suit on.


Hanyang University, based in South-Korea, made further research on the impact of H-MEX on spinal cord patients. The research lasted for 10 weeks, which consisted of 10 spinal patients walking with H-MEX suit on for 60 minutes, thrice a week. The result was quite phenomenal in that all the individuals showed significant improvement in walking without any assistance upon finishing the research. More than that, they managed to twice the result of Six Minute Walk Test(6MWT) without any equipmental support.

See also[edit]


  1. "Hyundai's exoskeleton helps paraplegics move on their own". 《Extremetech》. Retrieved Dec 28, 2016.
  2. "Exoskeleton Report". Exoskeletonreport. 22 March 2017.

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