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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]

NBC 5 Dallas – ReWalk

February 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

NBC 5 Dallas – Fort Worth covers React, a spinal cord injury recovery gym that has just received a ReWalk exoskeleton.  This news segment presents the ReWalk Exoskeleton in a particularly positive light. The women in the video clearly have different experience levels using the device, however they are all able to move fluidly and more [more]

Ottobock’s C-Brace Goes on Sale in Britain

February 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

The German prosthetics company Ottobock made it into the headlines last week with its release of the powered C-Brace for the British market.  Ottobock was founded in 1919 as a response to the large number disabled soldiers following WWI.  Since then, the company has stayed true to its vision and has grown into a giant conglomerate with over 7000 [more]

Private US Insurer Reimburses ReWalk

February 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

ReWalk Robotics has announced their first reimbursement from a private U.S. insurer through a Worker’s Compensation Plan.  This not only marks a huge first step for the FDA-approved ReWalk Exoskeleton but also the beginning of mass proliferation of exoskeletons in the US. You can read the full article bellow or on the ReWalk website: [more]

NASA’s X1 Gets Powered Ankles

February 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

This video showcases a collaboration between the University of Austin and NASA. In it the X1 Exoskeleton has been upgraded with powered ankles. NASA has expressed some interest in exoskeleton technology.  Their primary application has been a free weight substitute for exercise in zero gravity environment.  NASA has also worked on force feedback [more]

Taiwan’s ITRI Working on Lightweight Exoskeleton

February 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

The ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) of Taiwan is currently working on a lightweight exoskeleton for people who have lost motor-control over their legs.  ITRI’s research focuses on the current limitations of exoskeleton technology, emphasizing on: Reducing the exoskeleton weight. Reducing the exoskeleton cost. Increasing the [more]

TechNavio Publishes Exoskeleton Market Report

February 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

TechNavio, a research and advisory company with over 200 analysts, has published an in-depth market analysis on the global exoskeleton system market.  The full 56 pages report, Global Exoskeleton System Market 2015-2019, can be purchased from the TechNavio website for $2500.  The publicly previewed material from the report contains a great deal [more]

List of exoskeleton companies, businesses and startups:

February 8, 2015 // 17 Comments

This is a list of exoskeleton companies, businesses, start-ups and non-profits that have or are actively pursuing exoskeleton, exosuit, and wearable robotics products as of December 2016 in alphabetical order: 20KTS+ (20 Knots Plus Ltd) Founded: 2014 Location: Chichester, United Kingdom Projects: MARINE MOJO The MARINE MOJO is a new [more]

Sarcos LC Acquires Raytheon Sarcos Unit of Raytheon

February 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sarcos LC, led by Dr. Fraser Smith and Ben Wolff have acquired Raytheon Sarcos from Raytheon.  Sarcos Raytheon (2007-2015) was the creative powerhouse behind the XOS 2 exoskeleton which made a huge media splash in 2010.  While extremely ambitious, the suit proved to be quite heavy and inefficient.  Hopefully, with the transfer of knowledge and [more]
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