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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]

The Increasing Importance of Exoskeleton Software

August 24, 2017 // 2 Comments

The research frontier of exoskeleton development is beginning to shift from hardware to software.  As what works and what doesn’t becomes clearer on the hardware end, software for controlling and evaluating the exoskeleton devices becomes the new focus.  Recently, there have been major advances in exoskeleton software: Active Pelvis [more]

CYBERDYNE’s HAL Medical Comes to the U.S.

August 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

After many years, the HAL – Lower Limb Exoskeleton for Medical Use by CYBERDYNE Inc. has finally arrived in the U.S.  HAL stands for Hybrid Assistive Limb and is one of the most respected exoskeletons in the world. In June, the company published a press release that it has applied with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [more]

Exo-Hand and the Difficulties of Developing Exoskeletons Outside First World Countries

August 15, 2017 // 2 Comments

Nicolas Rojas has created an exoskeleton hand primarily for stroke survivors.  This exoskeleton has 12 degrees of freedom and it uses just one motor and a bar linkage.  The Exo-Hand mechanism can be fully customized and tailored for every patient for comfort while retaining efficiency.  The mechanical glove can run independently for 1.5-2 hours [more]

Interview with Fourier Intelligence at WearRAcon17 – An ExR Exclusive Report

June 6, 2017 // 2 Comments

The Exoskeleton Report team was lucky to conduct an exclusive interview with the CEO and CTO of Fourier Intelligence right after their U.S. debut at WearRAcon17.  Fourier Intelligence is the maker of the first commercial lower body exoskeleton in China.  The company’s leadership team visited Phoenix, Arizona last April for WearRAcon17 [more]

How to Make a $100 Arm Exoskeleton – ExR Highlight

May 31, 2017 // 1 Comment

What is the cheapest exoskeleton that you can build?  We have seen home made exoskeletons that can lift heavy weights, up to and including lifting the back of a car.  But these wearable projects are good at attracting a lot of views, and not much else.  If you speak with their builders, they are more than ready to admit that the exoskeletons [more]

Exoskeleton Awards Highlights Q2 2017

May 26, 2017 // 3 Comments

As the exoskeleton industry grows, so does its recognition.  In the first half of 2017 Ekso Bionics and suitX have both been recognized with awards for their exoskeleton development. Ekso Bionics – HealthTechZone Telehealth Award 2016 suitX – Gold Edison Award Winner Past Awards: ITRI – R&D 100 Award Wyss Institute – [more]

Exoskeleton Perception by the Public, Focus on Facebook

May 11, 2017 // 2 Comments

What is the exoskeleton perception in the real world?  In a time where perception can be more powerful than reality, it is important for all exoskeleton developers to know how the public really views their creations.  This is a complicated question that can’t be answered without thorough research, but below is a single data point. The [more]

Highlight: EduExo Kickstarter

May 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

EduExo is on track to become the first commercially available robotic exoskeleton kit for STEM (science technology engineering and mathematics) education.  The EduExo Kickstarter was approved as an all-or-nothing project, meaning it will not be funded unless it reaches the project goal by June 7th, 2017.  Luckily, you now have the opportunity to [more]

Robot Systems – Is it time for crowdsourcing exoskeletons?

May 4, 2017 // 1 Comment

We live in a digital age, and that has changed how people communicate.  Two complete strangers can now have a discussion on any subject across continents and oceans alike.  But you don’t really know a person until you have worked with them on a project.  The digital age has a solution for that too in the form of open source, [more]

Wearable Robotics Association Innovation Challenge 2017

April 28, 2017 // 1 Comment

Where else could you find a wearable sensor network, a variable stiffness prosthetic ankle, an inflatable powered glove, and an exoskeleton do-it-yourself kit presented back-to-back?  Only at the Wearable Robotics Association Conference Innovation Challenge 2017 at WearRAcon17.  The WearRAcon17 Innovation Challenge was designed to give smaller [more]
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