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Physical Rehabilitation with Exoskeletons and Virtual Reality

February 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Combining robotics with virtual reality holds great promise for physical rehabilitation.  Fixed frame, or stationary exoskeletons for the upper and lower body have been used for years to get patients moving again. Introduction: Rehabilitation exoskeleton devices provide power assistance to weakened limbs.  The power assistance can be scaled back [more]

Commentary on Executives Perspectives: Max Scheder-Bieschin, CFO Ekso Bionics

February 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

C-Suite TV with Jeffery Hayzlett has published an interview with Ekso Bionics CFO Max Scheder-Bieschin.  In the interview, Max Scheder-Bieschin focuses on the current and future medical exoskeleton offerings by Ekso Bionics.  However, his thoughts and opinions have many overarching ideas that can be applied to all medical exoskeletons as well [more]

IHMC Powered Exoskeleton Cybathlon Full Course Practice Run

October 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

Florida Institute For Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) released a video of running a powered exoskeleton through an obstacle course.  This video is significant because rehabilitation and assistive exoskeletons are usually shown moving back and forth in a clean corridor.  This video is exactly the opposite.  The IHMC (Mina V2) exo runs [more]

Comparing Indego vs Ekso GT vs ReWalk, Researched by VAPAHCS

September 6, 2016 // 2 Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care Systems (VAPAHCS) has submitted a request for an unidentified number of Ekso GT exoskeletons and a service contract for patients with stroke and spinal cord injury (SCI).  Signed September 1st, 2016, the document titled Justification and Approval For Other Than Full and Open Competition [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]

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 // 8 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]

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]

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]

Ekso GT Cleared by FDA For Clinical Use

April 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Ekso GT by Ekso Bionics has finally been cleared by the FDA for clinical use.  The company received clearance to market its exoskeleton for use in rehabilitation centers for the treatment of individuals with hemiplegia due to stroke, individuals with spinal cord injuries at levels T4 to L5, and individuals with spinal cord injuries at levels [more]

Indego Cleared By FDA For Clinical And Personal Use

March 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

There is a great disturbance in the exoskeleton industry.  We have a new exoskeleton approved by the FDA for personal use: The Indego by Parker Hannifin. The Indego exoskeleton has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, FDA for both clinical and personal use in the United States.  The Indego exoskeleton targets primarily people [more]

WearRAcon16 Day 2 Report

February 12, 2016 // 1 Comment

The first Wearable Robotics Association Convention, WearRAcon16 is in full swing in its second and busiest day.  Exoskeleton experts from around the world started exchanging ideas early in the morning during a breakfast sponsored by the Arizona State University (did we mention there has been fantastic food throughout the duration of the [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]

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]

ReWalk Robotics Stock Before And After VA Coverage

December 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The US Department of Veterans Affairs  (VA) has issued a national coverage policy for robotic exoskeletons for qualifying veterans with spinal cord injury.  Subsequently, the ReWalk Robotics stock price doubled, and even nearly tripled for a few minutes from the weekly stock low.  But if you haven’t invested in the company or if you sold [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]

HAL for Medical Use Exoskeleton To Be Sold As Medical Device In Japan

December 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

The HAL lower limb rehabilitation exoskeleton for medical use (HAL® for Medical Use) has been approved to be manufactured and sold as a Medical Device by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.  This is a great success for the Japanese company CYBERDYNE which is one of the oldest commercial entities to specialize exclusively with [more]
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