We first saw the original L’Aigle Exoskeleton at IBC in 2014, where we awarded it Most Innovative Product of the show. Since then L’Aigle have been hard at work refining their design, and at this year’s IBC they had something new to show us – now known under the Exhauss brand.
The new Cine version of the Exoskeleton has a payload of up to 35kg (77b), and features quite a few design changes over previous models. They demonstrated it with a fully loaded ARRI Amira with a Maxima gimbal.
The new exoskeleton now has thicker padding around the waist straps to make it more comfortable for the operator, as well as three sets of removable springs so you can tailor the resistance to whatever weight you need to carry.
The new design also allows you to lift any camera/gimbal combination right up above your shoulders to a height that is in line with your subject’s head. With most exoskeleton designs, the limiting factor is that the width of the the device makes it tricky to move through doorways or operate in narrow spaces. L’Aigle have designed their new model to allow the arms to move forward and inwards so the whole setup can move through thinner gaps.
At 7950 Euros (approx $9000 US) the Exoskeleton is more likely to be a rental item than an owner/operator purchase for most. That said, full-time gimbal operators who use heavy camera set-ups may think it is a bargain.