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Robots Podcast: Interview with ExoAtlet CEO Ekaterina Bereziy

September 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

Robots Podcast has conducted an interview with Ekaterina Bereziy, the CEO and Co-Founder of the premier Russian exoskeleton company ExoAtlet.  ExoAtlet specializes in gait rehabilitation using powered hip-knee exoskeletons.  The company did flirt with military applications momentarily but it has begun focusing exclusively on medical [more]

Comparing Indego vs Ekso GT vs ReWalk, Researched by VAPAHCS

September 6, 2016 // 2 Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care Systems (VAPAHCS) has submitted a request for an unidentified number of Ekso GT exoskeletons and a service contract for patients with stroke and spinal cord injury (SCI).  Signed September 1st, 2016, the document titled Justification and Approval For Other Than Full and Open Competition [more]

Ekso Bionics Rings the NASDAQ Closing Bell

September 1, 2016 // 2 Comments

Ekso Bionics CEO Thomas Looby had the honor of ringing the August 30th NASDAQ closing bell.  Tom was joined by nearly the entire management team, as well as many other employees and exoskeleton ambassadors.  Ekso Bionics is not the first exoskeleton company to ring the NASDAQ bell.  Nearly two years ago, ReWalk Robotics rang the opening bell in [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]

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]

The Exoskeleton Industry in 2016

August 18, 2016 // 3 Comments

What is the shape of the ever growing exoskeleton industry in 2016 and what does the term mean in the first place?  In 2016, exoskeleton industry is growing at an unprecedented rate.  Every month one or two research groups will spinoff into a startup or a small exoskeleton company will become renowned enough to become visible internationally. [more]

Partial Neurological Recovery using Brain-Machine Interface Rehabilitation

August 16, 2016 // 1 Comment

The researchers that brought us a mind-controlled exoskeleton to kick off the Soccer World Cup in 2014 are back in the news.  Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, in collaboration with many researchers, has been able to develop a recovery method that has returned partial motor control and perception to eight patients with complete spinal cord injury after ten [more]

Robotics For Stroke Rehabilitation, TEDxHerndon, Dr. Karen Nolan

August 11, 2016 // 1 Comment

Dr. Karen Nolan’s Ted Talk at TEDxHerndon from May 2016 has been finally uploaded to YouTube.  In her talk, Dr. Nolan focuses on the rehabilitation needs of post-stroke patients suffering from hemiplegia.  Hemiplegia is a form of paralysis on one side of the body due to brain damage from stroke. Dr. Karen Nolan is a Senior Research [more]

Ekso Bionics Now Trading on NASDAQ

August 10, 2016 // 3 Comments

Ekso Bionics, one of the first exoskeleton startups, has been uplisted to the NASDAQ Stock Market.  This marks a giant step forward for Ekso Bionics and dozens of newer wearable robotics companies that are considering going public. Ekso Bionics is based in Richmond, CA.  It has been developing able-body and rehabilitation exoskeletons for over [more]

Electromyography for Exoskeletons and Earlier Back Support Wearables

August 9, 2016 // 2 Comments

Have you ever wondered how electromyography (EMG) could be used to control or test exoskeleton devices?  Or have you ever mused about the origins of passive back support exoskeletons?  If you said “yes” to either question, then Michael Wehner has the research paper for you:  Man to Machine, Applications in Electromyography, 2012. [more]

Commercial Exoskeletons

August 4, 2016 // 1 Comment

Civilian and commercial exoskeletons comprise the smallest subfield of the exoskeleton industry, but they also hold the greatest commercial promise.  The main potential for commercial exoskeletons is their possibility to be accepted as motorized transportation device that requires minimum infrastructure.  Cars and motorcycles need paved roads to [more]

Will exoskeleton companies turn a profit by selling product or a service?

July 19, 2016 // 5 Comments

Will wearable robotics become more profitable by selling devices or a full-service package?  In the near future, selling exoskeleton units will become a profitable venture.  But will the profit be higher if companies focused on selling the devices instead of a complete service package that includes documentation, training, support, and service? [more]

Bioservo Maker of the SEM Glove Enters License Agreement With NASA and GM

July 14, 2016 // 2 Comments

NASA, General Motors and Bioservo enter into the ultimate alliance to bring power gloves to the workplace.  For the exoskeleton field, this is the greatest alliance between theoretical science and commercial engineering for an industrial application. This is not the ProGlove (proglove.de) that made the news last month.  The ProGlove is an IoT [more]

Exoskeleton Events For July 2016

July 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

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]

19 Military Exoskeletons into 5 Categories

July 5, 2016 // 10 Comments

Wearable robotics for the military is the most dynamic subset of the exoskeleton industry.  Military exoskeletons are being tested by the U.S., China, Canada, South Korea, Great Britain, Russia and Australia, and these are just the projects that the public is aware of.  Many other military exoskeleton projects remain secret.  There is still [more]

The Difficulties in Investing in Exoskeleton Companies

June 30, 2016 // 2 Comments

Even taking Brexit into consideration, Ekso Bionics and ReWalk Robotics, two of the largest publicly traded exoskeleton companies are trading at or near all time lows.  This highlights that in the current climate it is difficult to invest in exoskeleton companies. Yesterday the publicly traded exoskeleton companies closed at: ReWalk Robotics [more]

Connecting customers to product: lift and carry exoskeletons

June 28, 2016 // 2 Comments

Lift and carry is one of the most common causes for back injury.  This is an area where exoskeletons for work and industry can have a meaningful impact.  This is not a new idea and for years exoskeleton researchers and developers have been trying to make a wearable that can decrease the risk of back pain and injury.  What is new is the approach [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]

First Official LEGO Minifigure Wheelchair and Unofficial Exoskeleton

June 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

This June the LEGO Group released its first minifigure wheelchair.  The wheelchair comes in set 60134 Fun in the Park – City People Pack.  This is a huge development for the LEGO Group and people with disabilities.  In all fairness, LEGO already has a DUPLO scale wheelchair piece, but it is still surprising that it took the company so [more]

Dr. Dylan Edwards, Objective Discussion Of The Ekso GT and Adoption Challenges

June 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

This June, Ekso Bionics hosted Dr. Dylan Edwards who led an objective presentation and discussion on his experience with the Ekso GT for gait rehabilitation and the obstacles to its wider adoption.  Dr. Dylan Edwards is the Director of the Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and Human Motor Control Laboratory at Burke Rehabilitation & Research [more]
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