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WearRAcon18: What to expect from the world’s biggest wearable robotics event!

January 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

The 2018 Wearable Robotics Association Conference, WearRAcon18, is scheduled for March 21-23 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale Arizona.  This will be the third annual WearRAcon.  Don’t let the name of the location deceive you, Scottsdale is directly adjacent to Phoenix, and all three of these exoskeleton signature events will [more]

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]

The Wearable Robotics Association Innovation Challenge 2018 is Coming This March 21-23

January 9, 2018 // 1 Comment

For the third year in a row, the Wearable Robotics Association will host its Innovation Challenge, providing anyone from solo developers to small companies with the opportunity to show their prototypes and ideas in front of the movers and shakers of the exoskeleton industry!  The top finalists will be provided with display space and in what was a [more]

NATO Integration of the Exoskeleton in the Battlefield Project

January 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

The first workshop of the NATO Integration of the Exoskeleton in the Battlefield Project was held on November 14th & 15th at the Magnus Hotel in Slovakia.  This is the first of a series of workshops that will culminate in a three-day event in March 2018. Timeline for the Integration of the Exoskeleton in the Battlefield Project: Workshop 1: [more]

Announcing the Mobility Unlimited Challenge

January 2, 2018 // 2 Comments

The Toyota Mobility Foundation and Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre have teamed up together to create the Mobility Unlimited Challenge with a whopping $4 million prize fund!  Unlike many similar competitions over the years, the Mobility Unlimited Challenge was specifically designed with exoskeleton developers in mind. How does the Mobility [more]

CYBERDYNE’s Medical HAL Obtains FDA Marketing Clearance as Class II Medical Device

December 22, 2017 // 1 Comment

The Japanese exoskeleton manufacturer and one of the largest exoskeleton companies in the world, CYBERDYNE Inc., has obtained marketing clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its HAL for Medical Use (Lower Limb Type), also referred to as  “Medical HAL.”  Starting Dec 17th, the company can expand the marketing [more]

World’s First Performance Standard for Hip Type Wearable Robots: JIS 8456-1

November 16, 2017 // 1 Comment

The Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) has published JIS B 8456-1 designed to prescribe safety performance and labeling criteria for lumbar support wearable robots.  This is the first such standard published in the world! CYBERDYNE spearheaded the efforts as a project leader.  The main focus of JIS B 8456-1 is on hip exoskeletons for work and [more]

Highlight: Soft Robotic Glove – New Research Article

November 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Frontiers in Neuroscience have published an original research article: Design and Preliminary Feasibility Study of a Soft Robotic Glove for Hand Function Assistance in Stroke Survivors.  The article was written by Hong Kai Yap, Jeon Hoon Lim, Fatima Nasrallah, and Chen-Hua Yeow.  All of the authors hail from Singapore or Australia. The article [more]

Companies with Complex Exoskeletons Win Funding

November 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Up until just a few years ago, the world of exoskeletons was dominated by large, heavy, multi-actuator, and complex exoskeletons.  When someone talked about wearable robots, it was immediately understood that it will have a significant physical presence. Rather than becoming larger, general exoskeleton development took a sharp turn in the [more]

Announcing the Formation of ASTM Committee F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits

November 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Attention, there is a new testing and standards group in town, the ASTM Committee F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits!  Curious what ASTM aims to accomplish?  Then watch the introductory video to this newest development in the exoskeleton industry.  The segment while short, is filled with some of the biggest movers and shakers in the realm of [more]

And the best medical exoskeleton article for 2017 goes to Reuters!

November 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Unless something drastically changes in the last two months of 2017, the best article written regarding medical exoskeletons is not going to go to the Exoskeleton Report but to Reuters!  Andrei Khalip from Reuters has written a heartfelt account of his journey to SuitX in the San Francisco Bay Area to try out the Phoenix powered gait [more]

Exoskeleton Industry Google Trends

August 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Google trends grant us a window into what terms people are using to look for exoskeleton and related information.  We can also see how popular those terms have been over time compared to their peak popularity, and how popular they are compared to each other. Google Trends is made by Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a [more]

The Increasing Importance of Exoskeleton Software

August 24, 2017 // 2 Comments

The research frontier of exoskeleton development is beginning to shift from hardware to software.  As what works and what doesn’t becomes clearer on the hardware end, software for controlling and evaluating the exoskeleton devices becomes the new focus.  Recently, there have been major advances in exoskeleton software: Active Pelvis [more]

CYBERDYNE’s HAL Medical Comes to the U.S.

August 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

After many years, the HAL – Lower Limb Exoskeleton for Medical Use by CYBERDYNE Inc. has finally arrived in the U.S.  HAL stands for Hybrid Assistive Limb and is one of the most respected exoskeletons in the world. In June, the company published a press release that it has applied with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [more]

Exo-Hand and the Difficulties of Developing Exoskeletons Outside First World Countries

August 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Nicolas Rojas has created an exoskeleton hand primarily for stroke survivors.  This exoskeleton has 12 degrees of freedom and it uses just one motor and a bar linkage.  The Exo-Hand mechanism can be fully customized and tailored for every patient for comfort while retaining efficiency.  The mechanical glove can run independently for 1.5-2 hours [more]

Interview with Fourier Intelligence at WearRAcon17 – An ExR Exclusive Report

June 6, 2017 // 2 Comments

The Exoskeleton Report team was lucky to conduct an exclusive interview with the CEO and CTO of Fourier Intelligence right after their U.S. debut at WearRAcon17.  Fourier Intelligence is the maker of the first commercial lower body exoskeleton in China.  The company’s leadership team visited Phoenix, Arizona last April for WearRAcon17 [more]

How to Make a $100 Arm Exoskeleton – ExR Highlight

May 31, 2017 // 1 Comment

What is the cheapest exoskeleton that you can build?  We have seen home made exoskeletons that can lift heavy weights, up to and including lifting the back of a car.  But these wearable projects are good at attracting a lot of views, and not much else.  If you speak with their builders, they are more than ready to admit that the exoskeletons [more]

Exoskeleton Awards Highlights Q2 2017

May 26, 2017 // 3 Comments

As the exoskeleton industry grows, so does its recognition.  In the first half of 2017 Ekso Bionics and suitX have both been recognized with awards for their exoskeleton development. Ekso Bionics – HealthTechZone Telehealth Award 2016 suitX – Gold Edison Award Winner Past Awards: ITRI – R&D 100 Award Wyss Institute – [more]
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