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WearRAcon18 Day One Report

March 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Wearable Robotics Association third annual Wearable Robotics Conference, WearRAcon18, was off to a magnificent start with impressive keynote speakers, exciting hands-on exoskeleton demos, and industry-shattering announcements.  The full count isn’t in yet, but it appeared like the first day of WearRAcon18 had higher attendance than any [more]

Opportunity Bridge Program at WearRAcon18

March 15, 2018 // 1 Comment

The Opportunity Bridge Program will be hosted for the second time at the Wearable Robotics Association  Conference 2018, WearRAcon18.  The Opportunity Bridge Program is designed to help small organizations and teams meet with larger organizations through quick 10 minute introductory sessions.  Sign up sheets will be available during the [more]

First Ever Applied Collegiate Exoskeleton Competition 2018 Coming May 5, 2018

March 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Friendly competition is the best way to spur innovation.  The first ever Applied Collegiate Exoskeleton Competition (ACE) aims to push forward exoskeleton technology at the collegiate level.  Scheduled to be held on May 5, 2018, ACE intends to bring student teams from across the U.S.  The teams will design and build in their respective [more]

Industrial Exoskeleton Workshop: Columbus OH, March 9, 2018

February 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

A workshop on industrial exoskeletons will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, on March 9, 2018, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (EST). The workshop is organized by the Division of Safety & Hygiene of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and is held in conjunction with the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, [more]

Major Exoskeleton and Exosuit Events For 2018

February 15, 2018 // 2 Comments

As the exoskeleton industry begins to pick up speed the number of dedicated to exoskeleton and exosuit events are on the rise as well.  Here are some of the top must-go-to events for 2018.  Don’t worry if you have missed some of them as most are reccurring, but do take steps not to miss the bigger events that are still coming up! Jan [more]

Honda Walking Assist Certified with CE Mark Using Contents of ISO 13482

January 25, 2018 // 2 Comments

The Honda Walking Assist Device has earned the European Union (EU) CE certification mark for medical devices.  This allows the Honda Motor Company to market and commercialize its wearable robot as a medical device in EU countries and signifies conformity with EU standards.  The Honda Walking Assist Device is an assistive powered hip exoskeleton [more]

German Bionic Systems Introduces the CRAY X Powered Back Support Hip Exoskeleton

January 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Welcome to the newest player in the exoskeleton industry German Bionic Systems and their first wearable robot to enter production: the CRAY X.  The CRAY X is a powered hip exoskeleton designed for back support and lift assist.  It is intended to be used primarily by workers in warehouses and other similar work environments. German Bionic Systems [more]

WearRAcon18: What to expect from the world’s biggest wearable robotics event!

January 18, 2018 // 2 Comments

The 2018 Wearable Robotics Association Conference, WearRAcon18, is scheduled for March 21-23 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale Arizona.  This will be the third annual WearRAcon.  Don’t let the name of the location deceive you, Scottsdale is directly adjacent to Phoenix, and all three of these exoskeleton signature events will [more]

WalkON Suit, The Bronze Medal Finalist of the Cybathlon Powered Exoskeleton Race

January 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine curated by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society have published an extensive 12-page article on the WalkON Suit.  The WalkON Suit is a powered exoskeleton that successfully enables a completely paralyzed from the waist down user (pilot) to walk, sit, move with targeted foot placement, climb and descend [more]

The Wearable Robotics Association Innovation Challenge 2018 is Coming This March 21-23

January 9, 2018 // 1 Comment

For the third year in a row, the Wearable Robotics Association will host its Innovation Challenge, providing anyone from solo developers to small companies with the opportunity to show their prototypes and ideas in front of the movers and shakers of the exoskeleton industry!  The top finalists will be provided with display space and in what was a [more]

NATO Integration of the Exoskeleton in the Battlefield Project

January 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

The first workshop of the NATO Integration of the Exoskeleton in the Battlefield Project was held on November 14th & 15th at the Magnus Hotel in Slovakia.  This is the first of a series of workshops that will culminate in a three-day event in March 2018. Timeline for the Integration of the Exoskeleton in the Battlefield Project: Workshop 1: [more]

Announcing the Mobility Unlimited Challenge

January 2, 2018 // 3 Comments

The Toyota Mobility Foundation and Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre have teamed up together to create the Mobility Unlimited Challenge with a whopping $4 million prize fund!  Unlike many similar competitions over the years, the Mobility Unlimited Challenge was specifically designed with exoskeleton developers in mind. How does the Mobility [more]

CYBERDYNE’s Medical HAL Obtains FDA Marketing Clearance as Class II Medical Device

December 22, 2017 // 1 Comment

The Japanese exoskeleton manufacturer and one of the largest exoskeleton companies in the world, CYBERDYNE Inc., has obtained marketing clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its HAL for Medical Use (Lower Limb Type), also referred to as  “Medical HAL.”  Starting Dec 17th, the company can expand the marketing [more]

World’s First Performance Standard for Hip Type Wearable Robots: JIS 8456-1

November 16, 2017 // 1 Comment

The Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) has published JIS B 8456-1 designed to prescribe safety performance and labeling criteria for lumbar support wearable robots.  This is the first such standard published in the world! CYBERDYNE spearheaded the efforts as a project leader.  The main focus of JIS B 8456-1 is on hip exoskeletons for work and [more]

Highlight: Soft Robotic Glove – New Research Article

November 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Frontiers in Neuroscience have published an original research article: Design and Preliminary Feasibility Study of a Soft Robotic Glove for Hand Function Assistance in Stroke Survivors.  The article was written by Hong Kai Yap, Jeon Hoon Lim, Fatima Nasrallah, and Chen-Hua Yeow.  All of the authors hail from Singapore or Australia. The article [more]

Companies with Complex Exoskeletons Win Funding

November 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Up until just a few years ago, the world of exoskeletons was dominated by large, heavy, multi-actuator, and complex exoskeletons.  When someone talked about wearable robots, it was immediately understood that it will have a significant physical presence. Rather than becoming larger, general exoskeleton development took a sharp turn in the [more]

Announcing the Formation of ASTM Committee F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits

November 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Attention, there is a new testing and standards group in town, the ASTM Committee F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits!  Curious what ASTM aims to accomplish?  Then watch the introductory video to this newest development in the exoskeleton industry.  The segment while short, is filled with some of the biggest movers and shakers in the realm of [more]

And the best medical exoskeleton article for 2017 goes to Reuters!

November 2, 2017 // 3 Comments

Unless something drastically changes in the last two months of 2017, the best article written regarding medical exoskeletons is not going to go to the Exoskeleton Report but to Reuters!  Andrei Khalip from Reuters has written a heartfelt account of his journey to SuitX in the San Francisco Bay Area to try out the Phoenix powered gait [more]

Exoskeleton Industry Google Trends

August 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Google trends grant us a window into what terms people are using to look for exoskeleton and related information.  We can also see how popular those terms have been over time compared to their peak popularity, and how popular they are compared to each other. Google Trends is made by Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a [more]
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