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Homemade, DIY and one small team exoskeleton creations that do not have academia, industry or military funding.

First Official LEGO Minifigure Wheelchair and Unofficial Exoskeleton

June 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

This June the LEGO Group released its first minifigure wheelchair.  The wheelchair comes in set 60134 Fun in the Park – City People Pack.  This is a huge development for the LEGO Group and people with disabilities.  In all fairness, LEGO already has a DUPLO scale wheelchair piece, but it is still surprising that it took the company so [more]

Goat Exoskeleton

May 27, 2016 // 1 Comment

Definitely one of the strangest exoskeleton projects, a London designer has created an orthotic that turns him into a goat.  This wearable, which has gone through multiple revisions and includes some quite complicated engineering, allows its user to move on all fours like an Alpine goat.  Its creator, Thomas Thwaites, wanted to spend one week [more]

Pneumatic Exoskeleton By Sebastian Torres-Wilcken

April 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

The new generation of powered exoskeleton creators is here!  Sebastian Torres-Wilcken has made a Pneumatic Exoskeleton For Assisted Motion And Strength, and he is still in high school!  This is really exciting as the vast majority of young and budding engineers tend to focus on much more popular topics such as drone and software research. [more]

Low Cost Open Source Controller For Brushless Motor

March 7, 2016 // 2 Comments

The HomeBrew Robotics Club (HBRC) invited Chris Tacklind and Cameron Tacklind to demonstrate their first simplified implementation of a low cost brushless motor and control system.  This enthusiastic, self-funded father and son team came up with the idea of using cheap but powerful hobby airplane motors. Model airplane brushless motors are [more]

Homemade exoskeleton lifts car!

January 28, 2016 // 2 Comments

The most popular homebrew exoskeleton enthusiast, James Hobson, aka The Hacksmith is back!  You probably know him from his homemade upper arm pneumatic exoskeleton that allows him to curl up to 275 pounds (125kg).  The Hacksmith has returned with a brand new exoskeleton based on the popular computer game title Call of Duty (CoD).  In his [more]

ExR selects the 8 best DIY Exoskeletons of 2015

January 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Here are the 8 most interesting builds that were completed or published in 2015 as selected by the Exoskeleton Report (ExR) team.  Overall 2015 was a great year for homemade, scratch built and do-it-yourself (DIY) exoskeletons, exosuits and wearable robotics!  Because all of the different exoskeletons had different design goals, it would be [more]

LEGO Powered Hip-Knee Exoskeleton

November 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Now anyone can get involved in the exoskeleton industry!  Presenting a wearable robot constructed entirely out of Legos!  This is a powered, hip-knee exoskeleton made using 4 LEGO NXT controllers and 12 first generation LEGO NXT motors powered by 24 AA batteries and attached by double-sided velcro.  Three motors are attached to each hip and [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]

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]

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]