The IX BACK AIR is a passive exoskeleton from SUITX by Ottobock that doesn’t use any motors. It is a back-support exoskeleton that combines U.S. and European wearables design expertise.


The IX BACK AIR is the spiritual successor to the backX by suitX/US Bionics. It is also the lighter and smaller form factor than the IX BACK. If the history and names get confusing, don’t worry. You need to know that the IX BACK AIR is designed to offload the compression on the spine and reduce back injuries from repetitive tasks that require leaning forward. This wearable is meant to reduce the strain on the lower back by as much as 75% while bending forward.

The designers are clear that the intent is not for workers to be asked to lift heavier objects during the day but to be safer during their normal workday. The goal is not to make superhumans but to keep the existing tasks and make them easier. 

Technical specifications (circa April 2024):

  • relieve up to 15 kg (33 lb)
  • less than 3 kg in weight (6.8 lb)
  • Improved posture and endurance
  • one size fits all
  • Less than 20 seconds to put on or take off
  • adjustable assist levels

SUITX by Ottobock, Duderstadt, Germany and Emeryville, USA, website

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