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Rex Bionics: New Applications and Markets

May 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

The New Zealand exoskeleton company Rex Bionics, developer of the REX exoskeleton suit, has made two major announcements in the past few weeks:  First, the company is exploring using their robotic legs for temporarily-disabled individuals to fight muscle dystrophy while bedridden.  Second, Rex Bionics is entering into the Hong Kong and larger [more]

ExoAtlet Candidates For New Funding, Spotlight Gets Stolen

May 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Russian Skolkovo Foundation and the Chinese Cybernaut Investment Group have signed a cooperation agreement on April 21st, 2015.   Under the new accordance, three major clauses will be executed starting Q3 2015: A new 1,500 square meter (161,000 square feet) R&D incubator will be established in Skolkovo Innovation Center (right outside [more]

Rehab Robot HARMONY – ReNeu Robotics Lab, UT Austin

May 4, 2015 // 4 Comments

The researches at the ReNeu Robotics Lab at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin have posted progress on their stationary exoskeleton for rehabilitation: HARMONY.  The ReNeu Robotics Lab specializes on robotic-assist devices for rehabilitation of patients that have suffered a neuromuscular disability as a [more]

Four Videos of Four Passive Exoskeletons

April 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

Passive exoskeletons have become a bit of a hot topic over the last few weeks.  Here are four videos of four different exoskeletons that have already made, or surely will make the headlines. Unpowered Exoskeleton For Reducing Energy of Human Walking, April 2015 Devices claiming to make the natural human walking-cycle more efficient have been [more]

12 Commercial Exoskeletons In 2015

April 21, 2015 // 3 Comments

As more commercial exoskeletons continue to be developed, can you tell them all apart?  This is a visual list of commercial exoskeletons that are either on the market or under development as of the start of 2015.  The exoskeleton devices are separated by type: mobile rehabilitation exoskeletons, fixed rehabilitation exoskeletons, powered [more]

WinterGreen Research Publishes New Exoskeleton Market Report

April 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

On April 2nd, 2015, WinterGreen Research published a new Exoskeleton Market Report.  The report predicts a rise in the exoskeleton robotic rehabilitation market from $16.5 million in 2014 to $2.1 billion by 2021.  The primary share of the predicted market value appears to be composed of predominantly or entirely out of exoskeletons for [more]

Op-Ed, Ekso Bionics Reveals New Exoskeleton For Industrial Use Similar To FORTIS

March 30, 2015 // 3 Comments

In March 20th, 2015 the co-founder of Ekso Bionics, CEO Nathan Harding and CTO Russ Angold appeared on FOX Business to showcase the company’s new exoskeleton for industrial use.  In the video clip provided by FOX Business, the two co-founders also discuss the decision by the FDA to list exoskeletons as  Class II devices and comment on the [more]

ReWalk Robotics plans India launch of walking device by second quarter – Reuters

March 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

ReWalk Robotics plans India launch of walking device by second quarter — Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) March 27, 2015   The above article does a great job summarizing the current state of ReWalk and the importance this development could have on the company’s financial performance.  ReWalk’s stock has been [more]

AJAX – Exoskeleton By High School Students

March 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

Who said that making an exoskeleton is for PhD engineers backed by multi-million dollar companies?!  A group of high school students from the San Francisco Bay Area are working on a powered exoskeleton, the AJAX, in a garage in preparation for the May 2015 Maker Fair.  You can see the student’s video showing their progress below: The AJAX [more]

From HULC to MANTIS to FORTIS Exoskeleton: Development History

March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

In October 2014, Lockheed Martin made the news by showing its newest exoskeleton, the FORTIS.  The FORTIS is a passive exoskeleton that does not have any motors, sensors, or electricity.  The FORTIS suit acts like a flexible crane strapped around a human: one or two spring loaded mechanical arms are attached to a heavy tool or equipment.  The [more]

SCI-FIT, Rise of the Private Rehabilitation Centers?

March 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

When it comes to discussing exoskeletons for rehabilitation there are usually two possibilities: hospital or home use.  Patients can be brought to a hospital, equipped with exoskeleton rehabilitation devices and staffed with trained medical professionals.  In the second option, patients may purchase an exoskeleton device for home use.   The [more]

Overselling the Dream of Personal Use Exoskeletons

March 8, 2015 // 3 Comments

Maintaining a consistent public message of what modern exoskeleton technology can and can’t do in the media is a tricky business.  Present exoskeleton capabilities in a methodical and conservative fashion and you risk not generating any interest or excitement.  Exaggerate or oversell the current capabilities of exoskeleton technology and [more]

FDA Classifies Exoskeletons as Class II

March 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on February 24th, 2015 that all powered exoskeletons will be classified as Class II devices. Taken directly from the FDA website: FDA classifies medical devices based on the risks associated with the device. Devices are classified into one of three [more]

NBC 5 Dallas – ReWalk

February 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

NBC 5 Dallas – Fort Worth covers React, a spinal cord injury recovery gym that has just received a ReWalk exoskeleton.  This news segment presents the ReWalk Exoskeleton in a particularly positive light. The women in the video clearly have different experience levels using the device, however they are all able to move fluidly and more [more]

Ottobock’s C-Brace Goes on Sale in Britain

February 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

The German prosthetics company Ottobock made it into the headlines last week with its release of the powered C-Brace for the British market.  Ottobock was founded in 1919 as a response to the large number disabled soldiers following WWI.  Since then, the company has stayed true to its vision and has grown into a giant conglomerate with over 7000 [more]

Private US Insurer Reimburses ReWalk

February 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

ReWalk Robotics has announced their first reimbursement from a private U.S. insurer through a Worker’s Compensation Plan.  This not only marks a huge first step for the FDA-approved ReWalk Exoskeleton but also the beginning of mass proliferation of exoskeletons in the US. You can read the full article bellow or on the ReWalk website: [more]

NASA’s X1 Gets Powered Ankles

February 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

This video showcases a collaboration between the University of Austin and NASA. In it the X1 Exoskeleton has been upgraded with powered ankles. NASA has expressed some interest in exoskeleton technology.  Their primary application has been a free weight substitute for exercise in zero gravity environment.  NASA has also worked on force feedback [more]

Taiwan’s ITRI Working on Lightweight Exoskeleton

February 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

The ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) of Taiwan is currently working on a lightweight exoskeleton for people who have lost motor-control over their legs.  ITRI’s research focuses on the current limitations of exoskeleton technology, emphasizing on: Reducing the exoskeleton weight. Reducing the exoskeleton cost. Increasing the [more]

TechNavio Publishes Exoskeleton Market Report

February 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

TechNavio, a research and advisory company with over 200 analysts, has published an in-depth market analysis on the global exoskeleton system market.  The full 56 pages report, Global Exoskeleton System Market 2015-2019, can be purchased from the TechNavio website for $2500.  The publicly previewed material from the report contains a great deal [more]
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