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Upcoming event: Exoskeleton Technical Interchange Meeting

December 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

NIST and the U.S. Army NSRDEC are holding a two-day meeting with experts from the industrial, military, and medical communities to discuss exoskeleton standards with the main goal being to advance the exoskeleton industry. Organizers: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development [more]

Introduction to the Commercial Exoskeletons Catalog

December 5, 2016 // 2 Comments

Catalog of commercial wearable exoskeletons: Target Audience Criteria Help us make this complete Other catalogs Prior work Categories, keywords, and companies Target audience: General public: There are dozens of exoskeleton products that are leaving the research and development labs and becoming commercial products.  While they might not be as [more]

The Exoskeleton Industry in 2016

August 18, 2016 // 3 Comments

What is the shape of the ever growing exoskeleton industry in 2016 and what does the term mean in the first place?  In 2016, exoskeleton industry is growing at an unprecedented rate.  Every month one or two research groups will spinoff into a startup or a small exoskeleton company will become renowned enough to become visible internationally. [more]

Commercial Exoskeletons

August 4, 2016 // 1 Comment

Civilian and commercial exoskeletons comprise the smallest subfield of the exoskeleton industry, but they also hold the greatest commercial promise.  The main potential for commercial exoskeletons is their possibility to be accepted as motorized transportation device that requires minimum infrastructure.  Cars and motorcycles need paved roads to [more]

Wearable Robotics Association Linking The Global Community

February 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

Dr. Joseph Hitt, Executive Director of the Wearable Robotics Association presented at the 2nd Annual Technology and Development Day hosted by Ekso Bionics.   You might be familiar with the Wearable Robotics Association (WearRA) from the first ever Wearable Robotics Convention that they are organizing in February 2016.  WearRA doesn’t just [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]

Types And Classifications of Exoskeletons

August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Exoskeleton systems can be divided into many different categories, types or classifications based on a series of questions: What body parts are actuated or powered by the wearable device? full body upper extremities: arms and torso further broken down into specific areas: some exoskeletons can concentrate on the wrist and fingers, while others [more]