The ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) of Taiwan is currently working on a lightweight exoskeleton for people who have lost motor-control over their legs. ITRI’s research focuses on the current limitations of exoskeleton technology, emphasizing on:
- Reducing the exoskeleton weight.
- Reducing the exoskeleton cost.
- Increasing the exoskeleton adaptability.
It is not entirely clear how exactly ITRI plans to do any of this, but we are going continue to track their endeavors.
In the meantime, ITRI has released an exciting short film outlying who their target market is, what is the current technology and its limitations, the problems with it and how the exoskeletons can revolutionize the medical industry (in Taiwanese with English subtitles):
In addition to the above video, you can get more information on ITRI’s work on their website:
ITRI: Advanced Walking Assistive Exoskeleton Robot Technology
You can also read the short article by CTIMES:
CTIMES: Taiwan’s ITRI Developing Lightweight Exoskeleton Technology for Disabled