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The Exoskeleton Industry in 2016

August 18, 2016 // 3 Comments

What is the shape of the ever growing exoskeleton industry in 2016 and what does the term mean in the first place?  In 2016, exoskeleton industry is growing at an unprecedented rate.  Every month one or two research groups will spinoff into a startup or a small exoskeleton company will become renowned enough to become visible internationally. [more]

Commercial Exoskeletons

August 4, 2016 // 1 Comment

Civilian and commercial exoskeletons comprise the smallest subfield of the exoskeleton industry, but they also hold the greatest commercial promise.  The main potential for commercial exoskeletons is their possibility to be accepted as motorized transportation device that requires minimum infrastructure.  Cars and motorcycles need paved roads to [more]

19 Military Exoskeletons into 5 Categories

July 5, 2016 // 25 Comments

Wearable robotics for the military is the most dynamic subset of the exoskeleton industry.  Military exoskeletons are being tested by the U.S., China, Canada, South Korea, Great Britain, Russia and Australia, and these are just the projects that the public is aware of.  Many other military exoskeleton projects remain secret.  There is still [more]

Dr. Dylan Edwards, Objective Discussion Of The Ekso GT and Adoption Challenges

June 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

This June, Ekso Bionics hosted Dr. Dylan Edwards who led an objective presentation and discussion on his experience with the Ekso GT for gait rehabilitation and the obstacles to its wider adoption.  Dr. Dylan Edwards is the Director of the Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and Human Motor Control Laboratory at Burke Rehabilitation & Research [more]

42 Medical Exoskeletons into 6 Categories

June 9, 2016 // 10 Comments

Wearable robotics designed to be used as a rehabilitation or augmentation medical devices is the second oldest field of exoskeleton development.  The first working medical exoskeleton was created in 1972 by the Mihajlo Pupin Institute in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (modern day Serbia).  Although several labs demonstrated early success with [more]

New Hyundai Wearable Robot

May 17, 2016 // 3 Comments

It’s a Gundam!  No, wait.  It is the new wearable robot by the Hyundai Motor Group.  Hyundai revealed its newest exoskeleton prototype on a company blog post in May 2016.  This is not the first wearable robot by Hyundai.  Last year they presented a walking assist device for the full spectrum of movement.  The 2015 powered orthotic was [more]

22 Exoskeletons For Work and Industry Into 6 Categories

April 20, 2016 // 9 Comments

Wearable robotics designed to be used in an industrial setting is the fastest growing field of exoskeleton research.  Exoskeletons for work and industry can be used at construction sites, dry-docks, factories, warehouses and even surgical rooms.  In the most recent presentation by the Wearable Robotics Association, Dr. Joseph Hitt described [more]

Laevo Presentation and Demo at WearRAcon16

February 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

At WearRAcon16 I had the opportunity to personally try out the Laevo, a new European back support exoskeleton for workers in all types of industries.  The name Laevo comes from the Latin word ‘Levo’ which means enlighten, floating and reducing.  After donning the device I think that the name suits it well. This exoskeleton is enlightened by [more]

Wearable Robotics Association Linking The Global Community

February 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

Dr. Joseph Hitt, Executive Director of the Wearable Robotics Association presented at the 2nd Annual Technology and Development Day hosted by Ekso Bionics.   You might be familiar with the Wearable Robotics Association (WearRA) from the first ever Wearable Robotics Convention that they are organizing in February 2016.  WearRA doesn’t just [more]

ExR Investigates: Bionik Laboratories

January 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

The leadership at Bionik Laboratories have been working hard to make their company a leader in medical exoskeleton technology.  Peter Bloch, Chief Executive Officer delivered a strong pitch at the January 2016 Biotech Showcase™ that shed more light on the business. Bionik Laboratories Overview: Name: Bionik Laboratories Corp. Address: 483 [more]

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Enters The Field Of Powered Exoskeletons

December 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Japan Atomic Power Company have developed a prototype powered exoskeleton for nuclear disasters.  Mitsubishi labels this wearable robot as a Power Assist Suit or PAS.  It was recently exhibited at the Japanese International Robotic Exhibition (IREX 2015) in Tokyo, Japan.  This is the first entry of both [more]

Daiya Industry Pneumatic Power Assist Glove

December 10, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Japanese Daiya Industry has released for rent a pneumatic Power Assist Glove.  This is the first time a company is providing an inflatable soft exoskeleton as a commercial product.  This soft exoskeleton device can be rented for 170,000 Japanese Yen ($137) per month.  The Power Assist Glove is available for rent from Daiya Industry only in [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]
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