Paexo Back

The Paexo Back passive exoskeleton by Ottobock is a back-support exoskeleton for pick&carry. It is part of the Paexo series of industrial exoskeletons.


One of the design goals of the Paexo Ottobock is to offload the L5-S1 lumbar regions. This wearable is able to mechanically detect and distinguish between walking and picking, without the use of sensors or electronics. At this time, it is not possible to wear both the Paexo Back and Paexo Shoulder on at the same time.

The Paexo Back is meant to offload as much as 25kg (55lb) from the back. A 40kg box should feel to the user’s back like a 15kg box. The designers are clear that the intent is not for workers to be asked to lift heavier objects during the word day but to be safer during their normal workday. It is not the goal to make superhumans but to keep the existing tasks and make them easier. 

Technical specifications (circa May 2020):

  • relieve up to 25kg (55lb)
  • 4kg in weight
  • support level can be easily adjusted by a rotating knob at the hip

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Paexo Series of Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA products, Max-Näder-Straße 15, D-37115 Duderstadt – Germany, website

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