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WearRAcon17 Day Two Report

April 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

The second day of the largest wearable robotics conference for 2017 continued the theme from day one of alternating technical developments with their business ramifications.  This is one of the largest improvement to the Wearable Robotics Association Conference format.  The conference is not just focused on exoskeleton technical developments, [more]

WearRAcon17 Day One Report

April 20, 2017 // 2 Comments

The first day of the largest wearable robotics conference for 2017 brought the CEOs and representatives of nearly every single major exoskeleton company! April 19, 2017, marked the opening day of the second Wearable Robotics Association Conference or WearRAcon17.  Organized by the Wearable Robotics Association, this year’s conference has a [more]

Exoskeleton Events April 2017, this is going to be an action packed month!

April 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Looks like April is shaping up to be a jam-packed month filled with wearable robotics and exoskeleton related events.   Coming up are the Wearable Robotics Association Conference 2017 (WearRAcon17), and the DoD Future Warfighter Symposium. In addition, April 2017 will also feature a handful of shorter, 1 to 2-hour long meetups: a session of the [more]

Just what exactly is an exoskeleton anyways?!

March 22, 2017 // 12 Comments

Back around 2010, there were only a handful of wearable exoskeleton devices that were known to the public.  For the nonfictional, they were the HULC, HAL, XOS, ReWalk and for the fictional ones, there were the Power Loader from Aliens and Iron Man.  At the time, all fictional and nonfictional wearable robotic devices shared the same [more]

BMW Group Harnesses The Potential of Exoskeleton Technology

March 15, 2017 // 4 Comments

One small step for the BMW Group, one giant leap for the exoskeleton industry.  The BMW Group has decided to move ahead and add several dozen arm and shoulder support exoskeletons EksoWorks Vest by Ekso Bionics and multiple Chairless Chair by Noonee.  This is a remarkable milestone for all industrial exoskeletons.  For years, tool holding and [more]

Physical Rehabilitation with Exoskeletons and Virtual Reality

February 28, 2017 // 1 Comment

Combining robotics with virtual reality holds great promise for physical rehabilitation.  Fixed frame, or stationary exoskeletons for the upper and lower body have been used for years to get patients moving again. Introduction: Rehabilitation exoskeleton devices provide power assistance to weakened limbs.  The power assistance can be scaled back [more]

An Overview of the Exoskeleton Patent Landscape

February 22, 2017 // 6 Comments

Exoskeleton inventions made their first appearance around 2000, and have since developed into a distinct and growing area of human assistive technology, with consumer, medical, industrial, and military applications. To really grasp the scope and who’s who of the exoskeleton technology space, it can be helpful to look past fiction, puff, and [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]

Introducing EduExo

February 17, 2017 // 3 Comments

EduExo is an information platform on wearable robotics technology.  The organization is currently developing the first-ever robotic exoskeleton development kit.  The goal is to make exoskeleton technology more accessible.  The intent is for an affordable STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) kit for students, teachers, makers and [more]

Commentary on Executives Perspectives: Max Scheder-Bieschin, CFO Ekso Bionics

February 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

C-Suite TV with Jeffery Hayzlett has published an interview with Ekso Bionics CFO Max Scheder-Bieschin.  In the interview, Max Scheder-Bieschin focuses on the current and future medical exoskeleton offerings by Ekso Bionics.  However, his thoughts and opinions have many overarching ideas that can be applied to all medical exoskeletons as well [more]

Exoskeletons for Gaming and Virtual Reality

February 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

When someone talks about “gaming”, 9 out of 10 times it amounts to wasting time.  But in the case of exoskeletons, exoskeletons for gaming is that one special case where we have to pay close attention. While not the only application, most gaming exoskeletons aim to exert a reactive force on the user while they are using a virtual [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]

EmTech Asia 2016 Talk & Commentary – Homayoon Kazerooni – SuitX

February 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

The MIT Technology Review has uploaded a presentation of Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni from EmTech Asia 2016 titled New Developments on Lower Extremity Exoskeleton Systems.  Dr. Kazerooni is practically a legend in the world of wearable exoskeletons.  He is a professor at UC Berkeley, California, and has been involved with SuitX (US Bionics), Berkeley [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]

Myomo and Ottobock Global Distribution Agreement

January 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

The maker of the mobile assistive arm exoskeleton MyomoPro has entered into an exclusive global distribution agreement with Ottobock.  Ottobock is a giant in the world of prosthetics and orthotics with over 90 years of experience in the business.  According to its corporate website, Ottobock’s four divisions: Prosthetics, Orthotics, [more]

Pushing the Wyss Soft Exosuit to its Limits

January 25, 2017 // 4 Comments

Harvard’s soft exosuit team has recorded a new metabolic cost reduction record of 23% when using their soft ankle exoskeleton.  This is a new record that probes the Wyss Institute’s soft exosuit limits.  The full study will be published as the cover article of Science Robotics (robotics.sciencemag.org). A test group of seven [more]

PPMD awards $600,000 for Duchenne research study, Ekso Bionics will gain orders.

January 23, 2017 // 2 Comments

The nonprofit organization, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy has awarded a $600,000 grant to the New Jersey Insititute of Technology and Talem Technologies.  The grant is focused on a two-year study on prolonging independence for children and adults suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy.  The full article can be found on EurekAlert!  PPMD [more]

Opportunity: Innovation Competition 2017

January 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

There is a tremendous opportunity on the horizon for all exoskeleton developers and enthusiasts.  Whether you are part of a research lab, a company or a do-it-yourself creator, the WearRAcon17 Innovation Competition is your chance to be recognized.  Oh, and did we mention that there will be a cash price of $5000 too?! Have you ever dreamed of [more]
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