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DARPA Robotics Fast Track Program

November 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The DARPA Robotics Fast Track Program is currently awarding 6-12 month long commercial contracts with a soft cap of $150,000.   The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is running a pilot program to boost hardware research with robotics applications.  The Robotics Fast Track Program comes on the heels of a previous DARPA initiative [more]

Inflatable Soft Robotic Glove Exoskeletons

November 5, 2015 // 3 Comments

Soft, glove-like exoskeletons that rely on an inflatable membrane that expands for actuation are starting to gain some serious traction.  Soft inflatables have a tremendous advantage over classical hand exoskeletons because the component that provides the movement force also provides the structural support.  The inflatable hand exoskeleton is [more]

Able Bionics Wins Big In The Dragons’ Den

November 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Historically, companies that specialize exclusively in exoskeleton technology have had difficulty acquiring venture capital.  This October, Able Bionics founder Mitch Brogan went on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a popular Canadian television network, and did exactly that!  Mitch Brogan went up in front of the Dragons, five Canadian [more]

Eugene Yoon Hikes Pacific Crest Trail Raising Thousands For Stranger

November 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

In a truly heart warming story, a San Fransisco Bay Area man hikes 2650 miles to raise money for a ReWalk exoskeleton for a stranger!  Eugene Yoon from Castro Valley, California, USA soloed the entire Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail that stretches from the border of Mexico to Canada and goes through the states of California, Arizona and [more]

Panasonic, ActiveLink – Company Profile

October 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

Panasonic – ActiveLink Traded: TYO: 6752 Founded: 2003 (ActiveLink) Headquarters: Nara, Japan Size: 16 employees (2015) Connect: Website: http://activelink.co.jp/en (Note: The Japanese version of the website appears to be updated more frequently.) Overview: ActiveLink made its first big splash in the media with the bombastic Dual-Arm [more]

Books on Exoskeletons and Wearable Robotics

October 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

There are several books on the topic of exoskeletons and wearable robotics that are worth owning, and some that should most likely be skipped.  Below are seven tittles for your consideration and a few suggestions on where you can find them: Wearable Robots, Biomechatronic Exoskeletons by José L. Pons, 2008 This is possibly the best exoskeleton [more]

Map of Exoskeleton Companies

October 15, 2015 // 4 Comments

Map of companies, businesses and startups involved with exoskeleton technology from around the world.  All entries have been divided into entities with a heavier focus into rehabilitation or able-body user augmentation.  Use the map controls to navigate or open in a full window. North America: Alter G 48438 Milmont Dr, Fremont, CA 94538 USA [more]

Commercial Exoskeletons From the Eyes of Physiotherapist

October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

How are exoskeletons perceived from the point of view of a professional physiotherapist?  What information is available to them and what do they look for in a powered exoskeleton?  We often write about what new ideas and inspirations xxsearchers and entrepreneurs have in the wearable robotics field.  We also try to monitor the public’s [more]

Otherlab Orthotics – A Fundamental Jump in Technology

October 1, 2015 // 10 Comments

Sometimes there are exoskeleton videos that manage to completely fly under the radar.  The Otherlab Orthotics Show and Tell is exactly one of those videos (below)!  In it, presenter Tim Swift addresses the main issue with wearable robotics: Reducing The Cost Of Exoskeleton Devices.  Tim Swift’s solution is to go with soft exoskeletons [more]

WearRAcon16 Wearable Robotics Conference, Feb 2016

September 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Wearable Robotics Association is proud to present the first Wearable Robotics Conference (WearRAcon) in 2016.  WearRAcon16 will take place in Phonex, Arizona, USA from the 10th to the 12th of February the upcoming year.  What makes this convention special is the specialization on exoskeleton and wearable robotics technology specifically. [more]

Cybathlon – Powered Exoskeleton Race, October 2016

September 9, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Cybathlon, or Cyber-Athlon, is a dedicated competition for people with disabilities and their mobility enabling devices.  The Cybathlon will be held on the 8th of October 2016 in the Swiss Arena in Zurich, Switzerland.  The event is organized by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich).  Hocoma, the maker of the [more]

Marine Mojo – Passive Exoskeleton Spotlight

September 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

The company Twenty Knots Plus (20KTS+) is developing a creative new exoskeleton: the Marine Mojo.  The Marine Mojo is a passive, single task exoskeleton with a specialized target market.  It absorbs the shocks and vibrations from standing on fast moving, small water crafts.  These types of speed boats are often used by the military, Coastguard, [more]

Reducing The Cost Of Exoskeleton Devices

September 2, 2015 // 5 Comments

The exoskeleton industry has a very long way before it can reach its market potential.  Current commercial exoskeleton devices tend to be slow, cumbersome, with the degree of usefulness still up for debate.  For example, an exoskeleton can help a person lift an extremely heavy object, but now the user has to lug around a heavy metal robot that [more]

Soft Exoskeletons and Exosuits

August 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

A new type of a wearable robot is becoming more popular: soft exoskeletons or exosuits!  Soft exoskeletons address one of the main problems of exoskeletons: an exoskeleton is a hard, rigid structure that has to be worn over a soft, flexible body.  Soft exoskeletons and exosuits do away with ALL of the hard, rigid frames that make up a classical [more]

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]
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