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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]

SRI Robotics Super Flex Exosuit

April 13, 2016 // 5 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]

Announcing 2016 Soft Robotics Toolkit Competition

January 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

The resource website, Soft Robotics Toolkit has announced the 2nd edition of the Soft Robotics Competitions.  For the 2016 calendar year, the competition will be divided into three demographic groups: high school students, college students and research contributors. Important Dates: Entries in all three categories share the same key dates for the [more]

SRI Robotics Exosuits And 4D Materials

December 23, 2015 // 4 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]

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]

Disruptive: Bio-inspired Wearable Robotics At The Wyss Institute

December 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Disruptive podcast series have released several episodes from the Harvard University, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering concerning Bio-Inspired Wearable Robotics.  This podcast is led by Conor Walsh, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and [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]

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]