Today, I met with Mark Criscuolo of SuitX to try on the revolutionary shoulderX and check out how it incorporates as a booming tool in the production sound industry.
ShoulderX is a versatile tool and can be used in various industries where the arms and shoulders are constantly used. From the SuitX website, “shoulderX is a revolutionary industrial arm exoskeleton developed in collaboration with UC Berkeley through numerous field evaluations across a range of industries. shoulderX augments its wearer by reducing gravity-induced forces at the shoulder complex, enabling the wearer to perform chest to ceiling level tasks for longer durations and with less effort. shoulderX balances the combined weight of the wearer’s arm and tool s/he is holding throughout the body’s range of motion, and can be quickly tuned for different levels of support. An anthropometric profile and adjustable sizing allows for natural movement and intuitive awareness of the wearer’s position within tight spaces.”
For a boom operator this means that while wearing shoulderX, s/he’ll have less strain on the shoulders, arms, and upper back from holding the arms up for long periods at a times.
I took the “exoskeleton” for a spin and was pleasantly surprised with the results! Check out the video to find out more.