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DIY Exoskeletons Roundup

August 27, 2015 // 6 Comments

Some of the greatest companies have started out as small do-it-yourself (DIY) projects in someone’s garage. Apple, Harley Davidson, HP, Mattel and many others all began as tiny enterprises in a residential zone.  Therefore, it makes sense to not only follow the exoskeletons developed by academics in research labs and engineers in [more]

Types And Classifications of Exoskeletons

August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Exoskeleton systems can be divided into many different categories, types or classifications based on a series of questions: What body parts are actuated or powered by the wearable device? full body upper extremities: arms and torso further broken down into specific areas: some exoskeletons can concentrate on the wrist and fingers, while others [more]

Ekso Bionics – Company Profile

August 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. Traded: EKSO Founded: 2005 Headquarters: Richmond, CA, USA Size: ~50 people (2013) Connect: Website: http://www.eksobionics.com Facebook: Twitter: Overview: Out of all exoskeleton companies, few can match the experience of Ekso Bionics.  Originally Berkeley Bionics, over the last decade this company has worked on [more]

Carnegie Mellon’s Steve Collins Talks Prosthesis and Exoskeletons

June 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

Jan 24, 2014   RI Seminar: Steve Collins, Prosthesis and exoskeleton emulators for rapid evaluation…, Steve Collins, Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, MechE This is an absolutely phenomenal talk by Professor Steve Collins that is a must-see for anyone who is just now being exposed to the science behind making exoskeletons [more]

DIY: Lego Knee Exoskeleton

June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

In martial arts, there is a saying that 1 minute of practice is worth 1000 minutes of theory.  But how would someone go about making a Do It Yourself (DIY) powered exoskeleton?  The solution is to start by concentrating all efforts on a single joint.  The knee and the elbow are the two easiest joints to connect to and actuate.  Different [more]

South Korean Exoskeleton R&D Projects

June 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

You may be familiar with the American, European and Japanese exoskeleton research projects, but did you know that South Korean universities have been busy developing their own power suits? Published in May 2015 by Ariang News, the video below showcases the latest work by Seoul′s Sogang University in Korea.  This device is an actuated hip and [more]

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]
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