Written by on October 18, 2011

Bionics: Merging man and machine

Cal Poly BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Alumnus Russ Angold (BRAE, ’00), co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Ekso Bionics (formerly Berkeley Bionics), shares the story of his life and work in the field of bionics.

Based in Berkeley, California and founded in 2005, Ekso Bionics develops and manufactures wearable, artificially intelligent bionic devices called exoskeletons for military, civilian and medical uses that augment human strength, endurance and mobility and help prevent injury.

In 2008, the company introduced HULC™  (Human Universal Load Carrier), an untethered exoskeleton that allows people to carry up to 200 pounds for hours. In 2010, the company unveiled eLegs, a wearable, artificially intelligent, bionic device that powers paraplegics up to get them standing and walking. TIME Magazine named eLegs one of the best 50 inventions of 2010.

Find the audio below.

A family story
The podcast is divided into two parts. In the first part, Russ Angold tells his story – – how his experiences as a Cal Poly student prepared him for life as a successful engineer, his interesting career journey and the life changing event that led him to co-create artificially intelligent bionic devices. The second part of the podcast features a question and answer session between Russ and the audience about bionics in general and Russ’ work in particular.


Watch Russ Angold demo the exoskeleton in a short video. Learn more about Ekso Bionics.

More about Cal Poly Science Café
The library offers this informal speaker series for the community to explore scientific topics with an expert (or two). Hear stories, see demos, ask questions and otherwise experience science from a whole systems perspective. Or, simply sit and listen.

Learn more about Cal Poly Science Café.

To request a transcript of this podcast, please contact scicafe at calpoly dot edu.

– EA


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