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Assistive Exoskeletons Review, And Other Full R&D Papers

June 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Cyberlegs website has released several full research papers concerning exoskeleton research that can be read and downloaded for free.  One journal article is a particularly good introduction to research and development exoskeletons up to and including 2014: Review of Assistive Strategies in Powered Lower-Limb Orthoses and Exoskeletons, [more]

Ekso-Bash: Trashing Ekso Bionics’ Image and Lessons Learned

June 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

When talking or writing about exoskeletons as medical devices, it is normally done in a positive tone of voice.  A reader researching the medical robotics market should be left with the impression that progress is made and new technologies will soon become available to improve the quality of life for people suffering from various mobility [more]

What is Revision Military Kinetic Operations Suit?

May 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Revision Military Kinetic Operations Suit managed to garnish a good deal of media attention at the SOFIC 2015 military conference in Tampa Florida.  SOFIC or Special Operations Forces Industry Conference is an opportunity for academia and industry to showcase their latest military-related work.  SOFIC provides an open dialog [more]

Exoskeletons Extracting Energy From The User

May 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

When thinking of a wearable exoskeleton, a person would usually think of a device that somehow augments or monitors the user.  But what if exoskeleton technology was used to extract energy from the person wearing it?  An interdisciplinary team of students from Rice University have developed a prototype wearable robot that leeches energy from the [more]

Samsung Submits Wearable Robot US Patent Application

May 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

The United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application by Korean electronics giant, Samsung Electronics in May 2015.  The patent application titled: Wearable Robot And Method For Controlling the Same, comes with 12 figures and was originally submitted on the 3rd of September 2014.  The primary inventor is Chang Hyun ROH who [more]

Modeling a Human in an Exoskeleton: AnyBody Simulation

May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

AnyBody Technology, maker of the AnyBody human muscular-skeleton model, re-released a short video of their simulation software in action.  In this video, the simulated human goes from a sitting to standing position while using a basic powered exoskeleton.  The exoskeleton shown was drawn and imported from a 3D parametric modeling program, in [more]

Rex Bionics: New Applications and Markets

May 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

The New Zealand exoskeleton company Rex Bionics, developer of the REX exoskeleton suit, has made two major announcements in the past few weeks:  First, the company is exploring using their robotic legs for temporarily-disabled individuals to fight muscle dystrophy while bedridden.  Second, Rex Bionics is entering into the Hong Kong and larger [more]

ExoAtlet Candidates For New Funding, Spotlight Gets Stolen

May 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Russian Skolkovo Foundation and the Chinese Cybernaut Investment Group have signed a cooperation agreement on April 21st, 2015.   Under the new accordance, three major clauses will be executed starting Q3 2015: A new 1,500 square meter (161,000 square feet) R&D incubator will be established in Skolkovo Innovation Center (right outside [more]

Rehab Robot HARMONY – ReNeu Robotics Lab, UT Austin

May 4, 2015 // 4 Comments

The researches at the ReNeu Robotics Lab at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin have posted progress on their stationary exoskeleton for rehabilitation: HARMONY.  The ReNeu Robotics Lab specializes on robotic-assist devices for rehabilitation of patients that have suffered a neuromuscular disability as a [more]

Four Videos of Four Passive Exoskeletons

April 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

Passive exoskeletons have become a bit of a hot topic over the last few weeks.  Here are four videos of four different exoskeletons that have already made, or surely will make the headlines. Unpowered Exoskeleton For Reducing Energy of Human Walking, April 2015 Devices claiming to make the natural human walking-cycle more efficient have been [more]

12 Commercial Exoskeletons In 2015

April 21, 2015 // 3 Comments

As more commercial exoskeletons continue to be developed, can you tell them all apart?  This is a visual list of commercial exoskeletons that are either on the market or under development as of the start of 2015.  The exoskeleton devices are separated by type: mobile rehabilitation exoskeletons, fixed rehabilitation exoskeletons, powered [more]

WinterGreen Research Publishes New Exoskeleton Market Report

April 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

On April 2nd, 2015, WinterGreen Research published a new Exoskeleton Market Report.  The report predicts a rise in the exoskeleton robotic rehabilitation market from $16.5 million in 2014 to $2.1 billion by 2021.  The primary share of the predicted market value appears to be composed of predominantly or entirely out of exoskeletons for [more]

Op-Ed, Ekso Bionics Reveals New Exoskeleton For Industrial Use Similar To FORTIS

March 30, 2015 // 3 Comments

In March 20th, 2015 the co-founder of Ekso Bionics, CEO Nathan Harding and CTO Russ Angold appeared on FOX Business to showcase the company’s new exoskeleton for industrial use.  In the video clip provided by FOX Business, the two co-founders also discuss the decision by the FDA to list exoskeletons as  Class II devices and comment on the [more]

ReWalk Robotics plans India launch of walking device by second quarter – Reuters

March 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

ReWalk Robotics plans India launch of walking device by second quarter http://t.co/8MiKgqyGOJ — Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) March 27, 2015   The above article does a great job summarizing the current state of ReWalk and the importance this development could have on the company’s financial performance.  ReWalk’s stock has been [more]

AJAX – Exoskeleton By High School Students

March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Who said that making an exoskeleton is for PhD engineers backed by multi-million dollar companies?!  A group of high school students from the San Francisco Bay Area are working on a powered exoskeleton, the AJAX, in a garage in preparation for the May 2015 Maker Fair.  You can see the student’s video showing their progress below: The AJAX [more]

From HULC to MANTIS to FORTIS Exoskeleton: Development History

March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

In October 2014, Lockheed Martin made the news by showing its newest exoskeleton, the FORTIS.  The FORTIS is a passive exoskeleton that does not have any motors, sensors, or electricity.  The FORTIS suit acts like a flexible crane strapped around a human: one or two spring loaded mechanical arms are attached to a heavy tool or equipment.  The [more]

SCI-FIT, Rise of the Private Rehabilitation Centers?

March 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

When it comes to discussing exoskeletons for rehabilitation there are usually two possibilities: hospital or home use.  Patients can be brought to a hospital, equipped with exoskeleton rehabilitation devices and staffed with trained medical professionals.  In the second option, patients may purchase an exoskeleton device for home use.   The [more]

Overselling the Dream of Personal Use Exoskeletons

March 8, 2015 // 3 Comments

Maintaining a consistent public message of what modern exoskeleton technology can and can’t do in the media is a tricky business.  Present exoskeleton capabilities in a methodical and conservative fashion and you risk not generating any interest or excitement.  Exaggerate or oversell the current capabilities of exoskeleton technology and [more]

FDA Classifies Exoskeletons as Class II

March 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on February 24th, 2015 that all powered exoskeletons will be classified as Class II devices. Taken directly from the FDA website: FDA classifies medical devices based on the risks associated with the device. Devices are classified into one of three [more]
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