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And the best medical exoskeleton article for 2017 goes to Reuters!

November 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Unless something drastically changes in the last two months of 2017, the best article written regarding medical exoskeletons is not going to go to the Exoskeleton Report but to Reuters!  Andrei Khalip from Reuters has written a heartfelt account of his journey to SuitX in the San Francisco Bay Area to try out the Phoenix powered gait [more]

Exoskeleton Industry Google Trends

August 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Google trends grant us a window into what terms people are using to look for exoskeleton and related information.  We can also see how popular those terms have been over time compared to their peak popularity, and how popular they are compared to each other. Google Trends is made by Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a [more]

Exoskeleton Perception by the Public, Focus on Facebook

May 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

What is the exoskeleton perception in the real world?  In a time where perception can be more powerful than reality, it is important for all exoskeleton developers to know how the public really views their creations.  This is a complicated question that can’t be answered without thorough research, but below is a single data point. The [more]

Just what exactly is an exoskeleton anyways?!

March 22, 2017 // 12 Comments

Back around 2010, there were only a handful of wearable exoskeleton devices that were known to the public.  For the nonfictional, they were the HULC, HAL, XOS, ReWalk and for the fictional ones, there were the Power Loader from Aliens and Iron Man.  At the time, all fictional and nonfictional wearable robotic devices shared the same [more]

Why wearable exoskeleton technology?

February 21, 2017 // 6 Comments

What is so special about wearable exoskeleton technology?  I think the answer is quite simple.  Wearable exoskeleton technology has the potential to change the world for the better. Here you might be thinking, “Yeah, yeah.  We have heard that before.  You are just trying to create some hype and get some money.”  Well, allow me to convince [more]

2016 Year in Review: Exoskeletons and Wearable Robotics

February 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

How did the wearable robotics, exoskeletons, and exosuits market perform in 2016?  Join us, as we go back in time and summarize how each segment in the exoskeleton industry fared last year. Overview of 2016: additional regulatory approvals in the medical market less than desirable adoption of medical exoskeletons an explosion in exoskeletons for [more]

How fake news impacts the exoskeleton industry.

January 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

In the wake of 2016, it seems fake news are now part of everyday life and they are here to stay.  Fake news could be anything from articles written on purpose with incorrect or misleading information, or an erroneous article that is re-published by a credible source.  While one normally associates fake news with politics, they are also finding [more]

Inspirational: Meet the first pilot to win a gold in the Cybathlon Exoskeleton Race

November 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Meet Andre van Rüschen, the ReWalk exoskeleton pilot who won first place at the inaugural Cybathlon Exoskeleton Race.  The video, published by Engadget gives us a rare glimpse into the life of this competitor and a close up look at his ReWalk unit. Highlights: While this video is obviously quite inspirational, it also highlights a point the [more]

Making Exoskeleton Information More Accessible

October 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

As it stands, there isn’t much information on exoskeletons that is easy to understand.  The vast majority of news articles tend to mix science-fiction with reality.  There are thousands of articles floating on the internet that start out well, only to be derailed by some desperate attempt to compare fact with fiction.  For example, an [more]

Claire Lomas Completes Great North Run Half Marathon Using ReWalk Exoskeleton

September 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

Using the assistive force of her ReWalk robotic exoskeleton, Claire Lomas completed the Great North Run half marathon on foot in September 2016.  It is not every day that someone paralyzed from the waist down walks 13.1 miles to cross the finish line.  This achievement would not have been possible without an entire decade of research and [more]

Will exoskeleton companies turn a profit by selling product or a service?

July 19, 2016 // 5 Comments

Will wearable robotics become more profitable by selling devices or a full-service package?  In the near future, selling exoskeleton units will become a profitable venture.  But will the profit be higher if companies focused on selling the devices instead of a complete service package that includes documentation, training, support, and service? [more]

Connecting customers to product: lift and carry exoskeletons

June 28, 2016 // 2 Comments

Lift and carry is one of the most common causes for back injury.  This is an area where exoskeletons for work and industry can have a meaningful impact.  This is not a new idea and for years exoskeleton researchers and developers have been trying to make a wearable that can decrease the risk of back pain and injury.  What is new is the approach [more]

Inspirational: Stroke Survivor Who Learned to Walk Again

June 7, 2016 // 1 Comment

This is the story of Brad Berman, an active person who at age 35 suddenly suffered a stroke that put him in a coma, but after 18 months of rehabilitation he was back to work.  Sometimes, we focus so much on the technology and its testing that we forget about the human element.  The men and women who seek the newest medical equipment in order to [more]

Lack of communication is the greatest challenge to the exoskeleton industry.

May 10, 2016 // 6 Comments

I was asked by a coworker whether the FDA approval process was holding back exoskeleton rollout in the US?  I answered “no.”  While getting FDA approval for a medical exoskeleton is not an easy task, there are other forces that are slowing down exoskeleton development and proliferation.  Last week I was asked again “what is [more]

Silicon Valley Robot Block Party and Ideas on Educating the Public

April 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

The ExR team had the opportunity to attend the Silicon Valley Robot Block Party held in April at the Jabil Blue Sky Center in San Jose, CA.  This is an annual event organized by Silicon Valley Robotics with the aim to introduce robotics and robotics technology to everyone who might be interested.  Admission was free, and thousands of visitors of [more]

Business Importance Of Exoskeleton Independent Testing

February 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

The field of exoskeleton devices stands to greatly gain from 3rd party testing.  Manufacturers and sellers of exoskeletons can build a stronger case for the use of their equipment if it has been validated by an impartial 3rd party.  Buyers can screen wearable robotics products faster if they already have metrics from an independent source, not [more]

2015 Year in Review: Exoskeletons and Wearable Robotics

January 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

The year 2015 has been good for the field of exoskeletons and wearable robotics.  New companies that specialize in medical and able-bodied exoskeletons have become more confident in sharing the products they are developing with the general public.  All of the older exoskeleton companies have been successful in securing funding throughout the [more]

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]

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]

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]
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