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WalkON Suit, The Bronze Medal Finalist of the Cybathlon Powered Exoskeleton Race

January 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine curated by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society have published an extensive 12-page article on the WalkON Suit.  The WalkON Suit is a powered exoskeleton that successfully enables a completely paralyzed from the waist down user (pilot) to walk, sit, move with targeted foot placement, climb and descend [more]

Inspirational: Meet the first pilot to win a gold in the Cybathlon Exoskeleton Race

November 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Meet Andre van Rüschen, the ReWalk exoskeleton pilot who won first place at the inaugural Cybathlon Exoskeleton Race.  The video, published by Engadget gives us a rare glimpse into the life of this competitor and a close up look at his ReWalk unit. Highlights: While this video is obviously quite inspirational, it also highlights a point the [more]

ReWalk Robotics Wins Gold at the Cybathlon Exoskeleton Race

November 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

Congratulations to ReWalk Robotics for taking the gold medal at the first ever Cybathlon Exoskeleton Race.  Half a dozen teams competed in the final round of the Cybathlon which was held on October 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.    The exoskeletons and their operators had to navigate a six stage obstacle course designed to mimic the challenges of [more]

IHMC Powered Exoskeleton Cybathlon Full Course Practice Run

October 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

Florida Institute For Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) released a video of running a powered exoskeleton through an obstacle course.  This video is significant because rehabilitation and assistive exoskeletons are usually shown moving back and forth in a clean corridor.  This video is exactly the opposite.  The IHMC (Mina V2) exo runs [more]

Meet the teams going to the Cybathlon Exoskeleton Race

August 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Cybathlon team have released the list of participants for the Exoskeleton Race, and there are some surprises.  The first Cybathlon or Cybernetic Athlon is coming up on October 8th, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.  The Cybathlon will be the first competition to feature physically challenged contestants wearing powered prosthetics and [more]

Cybathlon – Powered Exoskeleton Race, October 2016

September 9, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Cybathlon, or Cyber-Athlon, is a dedicated competition for people with disabilities and their mobility enabling devices.  The Cybathlon will be held on the 8th of October 2016 in the Swiss Arena in Zurich, Switzerland.  The event is organized by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich).  Hocoma, the maker of the [more]

Why wearable exoskeleton technology?

February 21, 2017 // 6 Comments

What is so special about wearable exoskeleton technology?  I think the answer is quite simple.  Wearable exoskeleton technology has the potential to change the world for the better. Here you might be thinking, “Yeah, yeah.  We have heard that before.  You are just trying to create some hype and get some money.”  Well, allow me to convince [more]

Overarching Themes of the Exoskeleton Technical Interchange Meeting

February 9, 2017 // 2 Comments

This January 2017 was the Exoskeleton Technical Interchange Meeting.  The meeting was co-hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Army NSRDEC.  As planned, the event brought together over 150 participants from the industrial, military, and medical communities.  In attendance were exoskeleton developers, [more]

2016 Year in Review: Exoskeletons and Wearable Robotics

February 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

How did the wearable robotics, exoskeletons, and exosuits market perform in 2016?  Join us, as we go back in time and summarize how each segment in the exoskeleton industry fared last year. Overview of 2016: additional regulatory approvals in the medical market less than desirable adoption of medical exoskeletons an explosion in exoskeletons for [more]

ReWalk Robotics Presenting in the San Fransisco Bay Area at AbilitiesExpo

November 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

ReWalk Robotics will be at AbilitiesExpo Bay Area this week, November 18th through the 20th.  You will be able to find ReWalk representatives and their Cybathlon gold medal winning exoskeleton in the middle of the convention floor of AbilitiesExpo Bay Area at the San Jose Convention center, booth 616.  ReWalk Robotics will be located directly [more]

Wearable Exoskeletons R&D News: Oct-Nov

November 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

These are some of the major Research and Development related news in the exoskeleton industry for the period of October through the middle of November 2o16: ITRI wins R&D 100 Award for its lower body gait rehabilitation exoskeleton 2WA-EXO Conor Walsh from the Wyss Institute won the Rolex Award for mobility-enhancing soft exosuit Teleoperation [more]

Roki

October 1, 2016 // 6 Comments

Roki by Roki Robotics is a modular, powered lower body rehabilitation hip-knee exoskeleton.  It is designed by a startup company in Mexico in association with a multitude of local academic and business groups. In 2016, the Roki exoskeleton could only be rented within Mexico. [more]

Electrical Muscle Stimulation in Rehabilitation, Cybernetic Bicycles and Exoskeletons

August 26, 2016 // 2 Comments

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for rehabilitation are developing fields that have started to intersect with exoskeleton development.  In electrical muscle stimulation, a small electric field is applied across muscle groups causing them to contract.  The voltage can be applied above or under the [more]

Exoskeleton Events For July 2016

July 7, 2016 // 1 Comment

Webinars, seminars and everything in between; the exoskeleton industry is picking up speed and so is the frequency of exoskeleton related events.   This July 2016 promises to be a much lighter month than the previous one but there are still at least two webinars that should not be missed: Hocoma: How can advanced technology enable safe and early [more]

When is the Exoskeleton Industry Inflection Point and Where Are The Orders?

June 21, 2016 // 3 Comments

The vast majority of exoskeleton companies are losing money leaving many investors to wonder when are we going to reach the inflection point?  The exoskeleton industry inflection point is the time when the major companies in the field start turning a profit.  Another side of the same question is the low number of exoskeleton sales.  If the [more]

Wearable Robotics Events For June 2016

June 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

The exoskeleton industry is quickly starting to pick up speed and there are more and more related events being announced all the time.  While this is fantastic, it is also starting to get hard to keep track of all of them, so here is a cheat sheet for June 2016: (updated June 17th with Ekso Bionics Webinar and WearRA Standards Committee) Ekso [more]

Upcoming Event: Cybersecurity in Wearable Robotics

June 1, 2016 // 1 Comment

This June the Wearable Robotics Association (WearRA) is hosting its first Lunch & Learn event!  The inaugural topic will be Cybersecurity in Wearable Robotics.  The presentation will be lead by Dr. Michael Vai from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  It will be held June 22nd, 2016 at Harvard University, MA from 11:30 to 1:30 PM. As the wearable [more]

Lack of communication is the greatest challenge to the exoskeleton industry.

May 10, 2016 // 6 Comments

I was asked by a coworker whether the FDA approval process was holding back exoskeleton rollout in the US?  I answered “no.”  While getting FDA approval for a medical exoskeleton is not an easy task, there are other forces that are slowing down exoskeleton development and proliferation.  Last week I was asked again “what is [more]

Upcoming Event: International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob2016

May 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

WeRob2016, The 2nd International Symposium on Wearable Robotics will be held this October 18 – 21st at the beautiful ‘La Granja de San Ildefonso’ in Segovia, Spain.  WeRob2016 is primarily a research and development conference.  It will feature the work of over half a dozen EU sponsored wearable robotics projects. [more]

2015 Year in Review: Exoskeletons and Wearable Robotics

January 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

The year 2015 has been good for the field of exoskeletons and wearable robotics.  New companies that specialize in medical and able-bodied exoskeletons have become more confident in sharing the products they are developing with the general public.  All of the older exoskeleton companies have been successful in securing funding throughout the [more]
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