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Pushing the Wyss Soft Exosuit to its Limits

January 25, 2017 // 2 Comments

Harvard’s soft exosuit team has recorded a new metabolic cost reduction record of 23% when using their soft ankle exoskeleton.  This is a new record that probes the Wyss Institute’s soft exosuit limits.  The full study will be published as the cover article of Science Robotics (robotics.sciencemag.org). A test group of seven [more]

Wearable Exoskeletons R&D News: Oct-Nov

November 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

These are some of the major Research and Development related news in the exoskeleton industry for the period of October through the middle of November 2o16: ITRI wins R&D 100 Award for its lower body gait rehabilitation exoskeleton 2WA-EXO Conor Walsh from the Wyss Institute won the Rolex Award for mobility-enhancing soft exosuit Teleoperation [more]

Military Wearable Exoskeleton Research

October 3, 2016 // 2 Comments

For good or for worse, exoskeletons have the potential to become a staple of every modern military in the world.  It is public knowledge that the U.S., China, South Korea, Australia, Russia and the EU (France and Britain) have military exoskeletons in development.  But if there is such interest, why have countries been so slow to adopt the [more]

Electrical Muscle Stimulation in Rehabilitation, Cybernetic Bicycles and Exoskeletons

August 26, 2016 // 2 Comments

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for rehabilitation are developing fields that have started to intersect with exoskeleton development.  In electrical muscle stimulation, a small electric field is applied across muscle groups causing them to contract.  The voltage can be applied above or under the [more]

Partial Neurological Recovery using Brain-Machine Interface Rehabilitation

August 16, 2016 // 1 Comment

The researchers that brought us a mind-controlled exoskeleton to kick off the Soccer World Cup in 2014 are back in the news.  Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, in collaboration with many researchers, has been able to develop a recovery method that has returned partial motor control and perception to eight patients with complete spinal cord injury after ten [more]

Robotics For Stroke Rehabilitation, TEDxHerndon, Dr. Karen Nolan

August 11, 2016 // 1 Comment

Dr. Karen Nolan’s Ted Talk at TEDxHerndon from May 2016 has been finally uploaded to YouTube.  In her talk, Dr. Nolan focuses on the rehabilitation needs of post-stroke patients suffering from hemiplegia.  Hemiplegia is a form of paralysis on one side of the body due to brain damage from stroke. Dr. Karen Nolan is a Senior Research [more]

Electromyography for Exoskeletons and Earlier Back Support Wearables

August 9, 2016 // 2 Comments

Have you ever wondered how electromyography (EMG) could be used to control or test exoskeleton devices?  Or have you ever mused about the origins of passive back support exoskeletons?  If you said “yes” to either question, then Michael Wehner has the research paper for you:  Man to Machine, Applications in Electromyography, 2012. [more]

First Meta Analysis Review on Rehabilitation Exoskeletons For Spinal Cord Injury

May 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

Clinical effectiveness and safety of powered exoskeleton-assisted walking in patients with spinal cord injury: systematic review with meta-analysis.  This report was published in Medical Devices: Evidence and Research with authors Angela K. Zimmerman, William G. Herbert and Larry E. Miller. What was done? The authors conducted a meta-analysis for [more]

Building In Reflexes and Closed-Loop Communication Into Exoskeleton Design 

April 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

There are research-based exoskeletons in existence designed to trip up and hinder the user.  Why would anyone ever build a wearable robot designed to make a person fall?  I recently came across an article that explains the design process behind one type of automatic response system in exoskeletons (see article here, reference 1). In a nutshell, [more]

SRI Robotics Super Flex Exosuit

April 13, 2016 // 2 Comments

SRI’s Alexander Kernbaum presented an overview of SRI Robotics and gave more detail on the Super Flex Exosuit at the Feb 2016 HomeBrew Robotics Club meeting hosted by Google.  The SRI Robotics group is roughy 60 people, which is a small percentage of the overall company.   SRI does not sell products but generates multiple spin-off [more]

Stroke Recovery Clinical Trials With Ekso GT

February 3, 2016 // 3 Comments

Dr. Karen Nolan from the Kessler Foundation, presented on post-stroke gait recovery clinical trials with the Ekso GT exoskeleton by Ekso Bionics.  Clinical trials are extremely important to demonstrate to doctors, rehabilitation professionals and insurers that medical exoskeletons are valuable.  But what exactly is a clinical trial?  What [more]

Lorenzo Masia Bio & Soft Arm Exoskeleton

January 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Nanyan Technological University (NTU) in Singapore has released a new concept, soft upper arm exoskeleton.  The suit comes from the Aries Lab for Assistive Robotics and Interactive Ergonomics Systems.  This is a collaboration between NTU and the Institute Italiano Di Technologia (iit) in Italy.  The lead developer is Professor Lorenzo [more]

SRI Robotics Exosuits And 4D Materials

December 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

SRI Robotics is working on two novel exosuits and new 4D materials that can make it easier to power and operate them.  Originally part of Stanford University, SRI International is a nonprofit research institute in Menlo Park, California.  The company’s robotic division, SRI Robotics is best known for the development of tele-operated [more]

Unplugged Powered Suit – Associate Professor Yuichi Kurita

December 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Associate Professor Yuichi Kurita and Kazunori Ogawa are developing an Unplugged Powered Suit at Hiroshima University in conjunction with Daiya Industry Co. Ltd., Japan.  This is a passive, pneumatic exoskeleton that is composed of three main parts: Pneumatic Gel Muscle (PGM), a connection hose and a pump under the heel (or under the toes of [more]

Bio-Inspired Robotics

December 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Once upon a time, exoskeletons and wearable robots all used to look the same. Exoskeletons had large bulky metal frames, heavy actuators and a backpack filled with batteries and controllers. Newer bio-inspired robotics, however have broken the mold. There are now devices that use wires, cables, compressed air, springs and other soft actuators to [more]

Greg Sawicki on Successfully Reducing Walking Metabolic Cost

December 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Passive Ankle Exoskeleton for “Reducing the energy cost of human walking using an unpowered exoskeleton” is the single greatest exoskeleton development for the 2015 calendar year!  Dr. Greg Sawicki, his team and friends were able to create and test a wearable robot that successfully reduced the metabolic cost of walking for [more]

Inflatable Soft Robotic Glove Exoskeletons

November 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

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]

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]

Exoskeletons Extracting Energy From The User

May 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

When thinking of a wearable exoskeleton, a person would usually think of a device that somehow augments or monitors the user.  But what if exoskeleton technology was used to extract energy from the person wearing it?  An interdisciplinary team of students from Rice University have developed a prototype wearable robot that leeches energy from the [more]

Modeling a Human in an Exoskeleton: AnyBody Simulation

May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

AnyBody Technology, maker of the AnyBody human muscular-skeleton model, re-released a short video of their simulation software in action.  In this video, the simulated human goes from a sitting to standing position while using a basic powered exoskeleton.  The exoskeleton shown was drawn and imported from a 3D parametric modeling program, in [more]
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