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First Meta Analysis Review on Rehabilitation Exoskeletons For Spinal Cord Injury

May 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

Clinical effectiveness and safety of powered exoskeleton-assisted walking in patients with spinal cord injury: systematic review with meta-analysis.  This report was published in Medical Devices: Evidence and Research with authors Angela K. Zimmerman, William G. Herbert and Larry E. Miller. What was done? The authors conducted a meta-analysis for [more]

Goat Exoskeleton

May 27, 2016 // 1 Comment

Definitely one of the strangest exoskeleton projects, a London designer has created an orthotic that turns him into a goat.  This wearable, which has gone through multiple revisions and includes some quite complicated engineering, allows its user to move on all fours like an Alpine goat.  Its creator, Thomas Thwaites, wanted to spend one week [more]

StrongArm Technologies V22 and FLx Now Sold on 3M’s Website

May 19, 2016 // 2 Comments

One large step for ErgoSkeletons™, one even larger step for all exoskeletons.  The V22 and FLx by StrongArm® Technologies have gone on sale on 3M’s website.  This is the first time an exoskeleton has gone on sale on a major North American website.  3M is a titanic distributor and manufacturer with over 55,000 products, predominantly in the [more]

New Hyundai Wearable Robot

May 17, 2016 // 4 Comments

It’s a Gundam!  No, wait.  It is the new wearable robot by the Hyundai Motor Group.  Hyundai revealed its newest exoskeleton prototype on a company blog post in May 2016.  This is not the first wearable robot by Hyundai.  Last year they presented a walking assist device for the full spectrum of movement.  The 2015 powered orthotic was [more]

WearRAcon16 Innovation Competition

May 12, 2016 // 1 Comment

In addition to all of the panels and demos, the Wearable Robotics Association Conference 2016 also featured the WearRAcon16 Innovation Competition.  Researchers had a chance to submit a project that directly impacts wearable robotics technology.  Prior to the conference, each group entered a 1 minute video.  The members of the top 10 [more]

Lack of communication is the greatest challenge to the exoskeleton industry.

May 10, 2016 // 6 Comments

I was asked by a coworker whether the FDA approval process was holding back exoskeleton rollout in the US?  I answered “no.”  While getting FDA approval for a medical exoskeleton is not an easy task, there are other forces that are slowing down exoskeleton development and proliferation.  Last week I was asked again “what is [more]

Ekso Bionics 1-for-7 Reverse Split, Eyes Listing On NASDAQ

May 9, 2016 // 2 Comments

The California-based exoskeleton manufacturer, Ekso Bionics, entered a 1-for-7 reverse stock split on Wed, May 4th, 2016.  This comes only 6 days before its scheduled 1st Quarter of 2016 financial report.  Many in the financial community have already predicted this would happen.  Ekso stock has traded at or below the important $1.00 per share [more]

Upcoming Event: International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob2016

May 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

WeRob2016, The 2nd International Symposium on Wearable Robotics will be held this October 18 – 21st at the beautiful ‘La Granja de San Ildefonso’ in Segovia, Spain.  WeRob2016 is primarily a research and development conference.  It will feature the work of over half a dozen EU sponsored wearable robotics projects. [more]

SuperFlex Spin-Off From SRI, Bay Area Becomes Exoskeleton Hub

April 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

SuperFlex is now the newest spin-off company of SRI Robotics, part of SRI International.  For the time being, SuperFlex will be the name of the company and their flagship exoskeleton/exosuit product.  Creating spin-off companies is a regular activity for SRI Robotics and it shows that enough people believe the FlexSuit is ready for commercial [more]

Upcoming Event: Innorobo 2016 in May

April 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

The upcoming robotics exhibition Innorobo 2016 held May 24-26 in Paris, France, is going to feature multiple exoskeleton and wearable robotics companies.  Currently scheduled to attend are: RB3D, ExoAtlet, Gobio Robot, 2 Labs, Open Bionics and Kleiber Hand Bionics.  Here is a rundown on the exoskeleton presenters that you can expect to see at [more]

22 Exoskeletons For Work and Industry Into 6 Categories

April 20, 2016 // 15 Comments

Wearable robotics designed to be used in an industrial setting is the fastest growing field of exoskeleton research.  Exoskeletons for work and industry can be used at construction sites, dry-docks, factories, warehouses and even surgical rooms.  In the most recent presentation by the Wearable Robotics Association, Dr. Joseph Hitt described [more]

Building In Reflexes and Closed-Loop Communication Into Exoskeleton Design 

April 18, 2016 // 5 Comments

There are research-based exoskeletons in existence designed to trip up and hinder the user.  Why would anyone ever build a wearable robot designed to make a person fall?  I recently came across an article that explains the design process behind one type of automatic response system in exoskeletons (see article here, reference 1). In a nutshell, [more]

Silicon Valley Robot Block Party and Ideas on Educating the Public

April 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

The ExR team had the opportunity to attend the Silicon Valley Robot Block Party held in April at the Jabil Blue Sky Center in San Jose, CA.  This is an annual event organized by Silicon Valley Robotics with the aim to introduce robotics and robotics technology to everyone who might be interested.  Admission was free, and thousands of visitors of [more]

SRI Robotics Super Flex Exosuit

April 13, 2016 // 7 Comments

SRI’s Alexander Kernbaum presented an overview of SRI Robotics and gave more detail on the Super Flex Exosuit at the Feb 2016 HomeBrew Robotics Club meeting hosted by Google.  The SRI Robotics group is roughy 60 people, which is a small percentage of the overall company.   SRI does not sell products but generates multiple spin-off [more]

Ekso GT Cleared by FDA For Clinical Use

April 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Ekso GT by Ekso Bionics has finally been cleared by the FDA for clinical use.  The company received clearance to market its exoskeleton for use in rehabilitation centers for the treatment of individuals with hemiplegia due to stroke, individuals with spinal cord injuries at levels T4 to L5, and individuals with spinal cord injuries at levels [more]

Pneumatic Exoskeleton By Sebastian Torres-Wilcken

April 11, 2016 // 1 Comment

The new generation of powered exoskeleton creators is here!  Sebastian Torres-Wilcken has made a Pneumatic Exoskeleton For Assisted Motion And Strength, and he is still in high school!  This is really exciting as the vast majority of young and budding engineers tend to focus on much more popular topics such as drone and software research. [more]

Indego Cleared By FDA For Clinical And Personal Use

March 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

There is a great disturbance in the exoskeleton industry.  We have a new exoskeleton approved by the FDA for personal use: The Indego by Parker Hannifin. The Indego exoskeleton has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, FDA for both clinical and personal use in the United States.  The Indego exoskeleton targets primarily people [more]

Bionik Laboratories Merger Agreement With Interactive Motion Technologies, Inc. (IMT)

March 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

Bionik Laboratories, maker of the ARKE lower body exoskeleton has entered in a merger agreement to acquire Interactive Motion Technologies, a spin-off from MIT.  Interactive Motion Technologies (IMT) specializes in wearables and exoskeletons for neurorehabilitation.  IMT focuses mostly in upper body rehabilitation.  Their main product line [more]

Low Cost Open Source Controller For Brushless Motor

March 7, 2016 // 2 Comments

The HomeBrew Robotics Club (HBRC) invited Chris Tacklind and Cameron Tacklind to demonstrate their first simplified implementation of a low cost brushless motor and control system.  This enthusiastic, self-funded father and son team came up with the idea of using cheap but powerful hobby airplane motors. Model airplane brushless motors are [more]

Business Importance Of Exoskeleton Independent Testing

February 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

The field of exoskeleton devices stands to greatly gain from 3rd party testing.  Manufacturers and sellers of exoskeletons can build a stronger case for the use of their equipment if it has been validated by an impartial 3rd party.  Buyers can screen wearable robotics products faster if they already have metrics from an independent source, not [more]
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