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Claire Lomas Completes Great North Run Half Marathon Using ReWalk Exoskeleton

September 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Using the assistive force of her ReWalk robotic exoskeleton, Claire Lomas completed the Great North Run half marathon on foot in September 2016.  It is not every day that someone paralyzed from the waist down walks 13.1 miles to cross the finish line.  This achievement would not have been possible without an entire decade of research and [more]

Upcoming Event: Testing Wearable Robots

September 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Wearable Robotics Association and Ekso Bionics are going to present a special lunch seminar titled “Testing Wearable Robots.”  This event will take place Tuesday, October 4th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (PST) at the Ekso Bionics HQ in Richmond, CA. Testing wearable robots is a very interesting subject.  Any exoskeleton [more]

Exoskeleton Safety

September 20, 2016 // 1 Comment

“Basically, I’m here to announce we’re building Iron Man,” President Obama told the press in 2014. Yet while bold claims are being made about future exoskeleton technologies, it’s quite amusing to think that the industry’s largest current challenge may be simply creating devices that do not fall over. There are [more]

MyoPro the Assistive Arm Exoskeleton by Myomo Featured in SolidWorks

September 13, 2016 // 2 Comments

SolidWorks 2017 is launching this month, and all of its advantages are described in terms of designing an upper body exoskeleton.  The MyoPro by Myomo is featured as the example product used to illustrate the benefits of the new release of SolidWorks 2017.  This is an amazingly clever way to advertise the MyoPro and to show millions of engineers [more]

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 // 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]

19 Military Exoskeletons into 5 Categories

July 5, 2016 // 14 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]
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