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Reducing Cost of Exoskeletons

How to Make a $100 Arm Exoskeleton – ExR Highlight

May 31, 2017 // 1 Comment

What is the cheapest exoskeleton that you can build?  We have seen home made exoskeletons that can lift heavy weights, up to and including lifting the back of a car.  But these wearable projects are good at attracting a lot of views, and not much else.  If you speak with their builders, they are more than ready to admit that the exoskeletons [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]

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]

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]

Reducing The Cost Of Exoskeleton Devices

September 2, 2015 // 5 Comments

The exoskeleton industry has a very long way before it can reach its market potential.  Current commercial exoskeleton devices tend to be slow, cumbersome, with the degree of usefulness still up for debate.  For example, an exoskeleton can help a person lift an extremely heavy object, but now the user has to lug around a heavy metal robot that [more]

Soft Exoskeletons and Exosuits

August 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

A new type of a wearable robot is becoming more popular: soft exoskeletons or exosuits!  Soft exoskeletons address one of the main problems of exoskeletons: an exoskeleton is a hard, rigid structure that has to be worn over a soft, flexible body.  Soft exoskeletons and exosuits do away with ALL of the hard, rigid frames that make up a classical [more]