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Dnsys X1 Exoskeleton – Affordable Exoskeleton At Last?

 

We are really excited to review an exoskeleton suit, a real power suit! Like the powerful armor from video games, it can boost both your endurance and speed for various outdoors activities, truly something straight from the future. Most importantly, anyone can get it for just around $600 on Kickstarter. That is less than an average iPhone, or an entry-level road bike. But would it live up to what has been advertised? We will find out soon.

 

The Dnsys X1 functions as a second skeleton to your own. The idea is that once it is worn, the device will sense your every movement and then match it using its internal motors. AI tech is used here for better efficiency after learning your movements. The power output is quite impressive. Peaked at 900W or 1.2hp, that is around 50%-75% of the total power output of a healthy adult. To maintain a light 1.6kg weight, a smaller battery is used, but it is still able to sustain over 25km range. The battery is removable, so you can technically swap for a second one.

The kit comes in a single box and requires very little assembly. The battery comes complete with a dedicated charger and cable, designed for USB-C PD fast recharge. Extra battery isn’t included with this set, but can be purchased separately. The non-standard battery connector is very secure. Most setting-up involves strapping on various elastic straps and adjusting the main “belt” section on the exoskeleton. It only comes in a single size, so the range for adjustment is very broad. I can confirm that the main material used is carbon fiber, identical to those used on high-end sports gear such as ski or bicycle. A matt finishing is used to trim weight as much as possible.

Once properly adjusted, the suit is actually quite comfortable. There are elastics all around, meaning it can still stretch out a bit when you move, unlike a leather belt that has fixed width. I hopped around and did a few sprints with it on, and it has stayed on well. After discussing with the Dnsys team, we have decided to test out the kit in two trials, unloaded and loaded. The X1 is rated to reduce load by up to 38kg for the latter.

Like most tech products, Dnsys doesn’t feature control buttons on itself and is operated through App. The App is straightforward like other Health Apps. I could enter my biometrics, preferences and also track activity and heart rate performances with it. It will also be able to link up with other Apps for easy tracking.

Although 1.6kg is light for an exoskeleton, the weight is still there. It is about the weight of two large bottles of water. The fitted mounting helps to cope with it though – much like a hydration pack for runners, the load is balanced on my body. The distribution is pretty balanced front and back, so you can go up and down stairs just as well. Dnsys claims a 27km/h max speed for running assistance, I am no splinter and could only get to around 15km/h, and the X1 had no issue following up. The power assistance was felt, although not in the way of riding an electric bike, but rather like being 15 lbs lighter than usual. On a side note, the exoskeleton doesn’t occupy your upper body, so a hydration pack can still be worn.

Next we tried out its load-bearing features. I have picked out my usual hiking rucksack and filled it in with dumbbells and metal plates that we used to test tools with. We got its weight up to around 10 kg. Now the difference is more obvious. The support is there both static and while in motion. With its 50nm/Kg torque, there was never a moment that we felt the X1 was underpowered by the increased weight. We think it is better suited for such roles, carrying camping gear and supplies over a moderate trail. We covered around 5km over the two tests, and the battery was around 75% left as it wasn’t fully charged to begin with.​

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a cool exoskeleton? I would like to keep one even if I have no use for it! Compared to the usual kits that would cost you as much as a small car, the Dnsys is actually cheaper than a decent PC and can be used in many practical scenarios. I can already imagine wearing one to assist me on a longer than usual hike, or to carry a significant load around. 1600g might feel heavy on paper, but that is likely just around 2-3% of your total body weight. We didn’t use it long enough for the AI to learn about patterns, but it was already pretty good on trial. So if anyone is in the market to get a little boost for walking about, the Dnsys X1 is recommended. There are more affordable models for a smaller budget too.​

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