The Wearable Robotics Association Standards and Education Committee is proud to publish its first white paper: Hip Exoskeleton Market – Review of Lift Assist Wearables. In just a few years, hip exoskeletons for movement assistance and work have gone from being virtually unknown to being sold and used around the globe.
But to the untrained eye, hip exoskeletons can be difficult to distinguish from one another. Which exos are commercially available and which are just research prototypes? What are these devices good for and what steps are being taken to standardize their description and evaluation? These and many other questions are answered by the authors of the Hip Exoskeleton Market – Review of Lift Assist Wearables white paper:
- Tom Sugar – Arizona State University, Wearable Robotics Association, SpringActive, Inc.
- Jan Veneman – Tecnalia Research and Innovation, COST Action CA16116: Wearable Robots
- Conrad Hochberg – CYBERDYNE, Inc.
- Mohammad S. Shourijeh – Rice University
- Arron Acosta – Rise Robotics
- Rita Vazquez-Torres – New Stone Soup VT, LLC
- Bobby Marinov – Exoskeleton Report
- Cota Nabeshima – Octa Robotics
- Roger Bostelman – National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST
The WearRA white paper was written over a period of half a year and includes sections on current best practices, applications, categorization of hip exoskeletons, an overview of thirteen commercially available devices and those that are still prototypes. Because this was a collective effort from organizations from three different continents, this white paper includes more hip exoskeletons in one place than any previously published document in the public domain.
At nine pages, the hip exoskeleton is a short white paper. The WearRA committee made a decision that while more information would always be useful, it is better to have a finished publication that can help buyers and regulators get a feel for the industry as it stands now. The current intent is for future versions and revisions of the white paper to include significantly more information.
You can access the white paper on hip exoskeletons through the Wearable Robotics Association website: http://www.wearablerobotics.com/industry-news-education/