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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]

Assistive Exoskeletons Review, And Other Full R&D Papers

June 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Cyberlegs website has released several full research papers concerning exoskeleton research that can be read and downloaded for free.  One journal article is a particularly good introduction to research and development exoskeletons up to and including 2014: Review of Assistive Strategies in Powered Lower-Limb Orthoses and Exoskeletons, [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]

Rehab Robot HARMONY – ReNeu Robotics Lab, UT Austin

May 4, 2015 // 4 Comments

The researches at the ReNeu Robotics Lab at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin have posted progress on their stationary exoskeleton for rehabilitation: HARMONY.  The ReNeu Robotics Lab specializes on robotic-assist devices for rehabilitation of patients that have suffered a neuromuscular disability as a [more]

From HULC to MANTIS to FORTIS Exoskeleton: Development History

March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

In October 2014, Lockheed Martin made the news by showing its newest exoskeleton, the FORTIS.  The FORTIS is a passive exoskeleton that does not have any motors, sensors, or electricity.  The FORTIS suit acts like a flexible crane strapped around a human: one or two spring loaded mechanical arms are attached to a heavy tool or equipment.  The [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]
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