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The R70i Aging Experience At The CES 2016

January 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas had an exoskeleton demonstration that captivated reporters’ attention.  It was the R70i Aging Experience by Genworth Financial.  The CES is one of the biggest technology trade shows for the year with over 3200 companies in attendance.  It is fantastic that an exoskeleton managed to [more]

Ekso Bionics Stock Sinks Under $1, It Should Rebound

January 12, 2016 // 1 Comment

Throughout the entire 2015 the Ekso Bionics stock was bouncing off a $1.00 valuation acting as a support.  In the beginning of the 2016 calendar year the panic surrounding the Chinese market sunk the Ekso Bionics stock below its support and after several days it still hasn’t recovered.  This could be the end of one of the largest and most [more]

2015 Year in Review: Exoskeletons and Wearable Robotics

January 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

The year 2015 has been good for the field of exoskeletons and wearable robotics.  New companies that specialize in medical and able-bodied exoskeletons have become more confident in sharing the products they are developing with the general public.  All of the older exoskeleton companies have been successful in securing funding throughout the [more]

SRI Robotics Exosuits And 4D Materials

December 23, 2015 // 4 Comments

SRI Robotics is working on two novel exosuits and new 4D materials that can make it easier to power and operate them.  Originally part of Stanford University, SRI International is a nonprofit research institute in Menlo Park, California.  The company’s robotic division, SRI Robotics is best known for the development of tele-operated [more]

Unplugged Powered Suit – Associate Professor Yuichi Kurita

December 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Associate Professor Yuichi Kurita and Kazunori Ogawa are developing an Unplugged Powered Suit at Hiroshima University in conjunction with Daiya Industry Co. Ltd., Japan.  This is a passive, pneumatic exoskeleton that is composed of three main parts: Pneumatic Gel Muscle (PGM), a connection hose and a pump under the heel (or under the toes of [more]

ReWalk Robotics Stock Before And After VA Coverage

December 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The US Department of Veterans Affairs  (VA) has issued a national coverage policy for robotic exoskeletons for qualifying veterans with spinal cord injury.  Subsequently, the ReWalk Robotics stock price doubled, and even nearly tripled for a few minutes from the weekly stock low.  But if you haven’t invested in the company or if you sold [more]

Bio-Inspired Robotics

December 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Once upon a time, exoskeletons and wearable robots all used to look the same. Exoskeletons had large bulky metal frames, heavy actuators and a backpack filled with batteries and controllers. Newer bio-inspired robotics, however have broken the mold. There are now devices that use wires, cables, compressed air, springs and other soft actuators to [more]

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Enters The Field Of Powered Exoskeletons

December 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Japan Atomic Power Company have developed a prototype powered exoskeleton for nuclear disasters.  Mitsubishi labels this wearable robot as a Power Assist Suit or PAS.  It was recently exhibited at the Japanese International Robotic Exhibition (IREX 2015) in Tokyo, Japan.  This is the first entry of both [more]

Daiya Industry Pneumatic Power Assist Glove

December 10, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Japanese Daiya Industry has released for rent a pneumatic Power Assist Glove.  This is the first time a company is providing an inflatable soft exoskeleton as a commercial product.  This soft exoskeleton device can be rented for 170,000 Japanese Yen ($137) per month.  The Power Assist Glove is available for rent from Daiya Industry only in [more]

Greg Sawicki on Successfully Reducing Walking Metabolic Cost

December 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Passive Ankle Exoskeleton for “Reducing the energy cost of human walking using an unpowered exoskeleton” is the single greatest exoskeleton development for the 2015 calendar year!  Dr. Greg Sawicki, his team and friends were able to create and test a wearable robot that successfully reduced the metabolic cost of walking for [more]

In An Aggressive Move, Ekso Bionics Acquires zeroG™ Technology

December 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

In an incredibly bold move, Ekso Bionics has acquired the spring-loaded zeroG™ and X-Ar™ mechanical arms from Equipois, LLC.  The zeroG™ is currently used for virtually every single prototype exoskeleton for industrial use!  This is a very bold move by Ekso Bionics that could hurt the company’s image, finances and relationship with [more]

HAL for Medical Use Exoskeleton To Be Sold As Medical Device In Japan

December 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

The HAL lower limb rehabilitation exoskeleton for medical use (HAL® for Medical Use) has been approved to be manufactured and sold as a Medical Device by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.  This is a great success for the Japanese company CYBERDYNE which is one of the oldest commercial entities to specialize exclusively with [more]

Disruptive: Bio-inspired Wearable Robotics At The Wyss Institute

December 1, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Disruptive podcast series have released several episodes from the Harvard University, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering concerning Bio-Inspired Wearable Robotics.  This podcast is led by Conor Walsh, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and [more]

LEGO Powered Hip-Knee Exoskeleton

November 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Now anyone can get involved in the exoskeleton industry!  Presenting a wearable robot constructed entirely out of Legos!  This is a powered, hip-knee exoskeleton made using 4 LEGO NXT controllers and 12 first generation LEGO NXT motors powered by 24 AA batteries and attached by double-sided velcro.  Three motors are attached to each hip and [more]

DARPA Robotics Fast Track Program

November 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The DARPA Robotics Fast Track Program is currently awarding 6-12 month long commercial contracts with a soft cap of $150,000.   The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is running a pilot program to boost hardware research with robotics applications.  The Robotics Fast Track Program comes on the heels of a previous DARPA initiative [more]

Inflatable Soft Robotic Glove Exoskeletons

November 5, 2015 // 3 Comments

Soft, glove-like exoskeletons that rely on an inflatable membrane that expands for actuation are starting to gain some serious traction.  Soft inflatables have a tremendous advantage over classical hand exoskeletons because the component that provides the movement force also provides the structural support.  The inflatable hand exoskeleton is [more]

Able Bionics Wins Big In The Dragons’ Den

November 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Historically, companies that specialize exclusively in exoskeleton technology have had difficulty acquiring venture capital.  This October, Able Bionics founder Mitch Brogan went on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a popular Canadian television network, and did exactly that!  Mitch Brogan went up in front of the Dragons, five Canadian [more]

Eugene Yoon Hikes Pacific Crest Trail Raising Thousands For Stranger

November 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

In a truly heart warming story, a San Fransisco Bay Area man hikes 2650 miles to raise money for a ReWalk exoskeleton for a stranger!  Eugene Yoon from Castro Valley, California, USA soloed the entire Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail that stretches from the border of Mexico to Canada and goes through the states of California, Arizona and [more]

Panasonic, ActiveLink – Company Profile

October 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

Panasonic – ActiveLink Traded: TYO: 6752 Founded: 2003 (ActiveLink) Headquarters: Nara, Japan Size: 16 employees (2015) Connect: Website: http://activelink.co.jp/en (Note: The Japanese version of the website appears to be updated more frequently.) Overview: ActiveLink made its first big splash in the media with the bombastic Dual-Arm [more]

Books on Exoskeletons and Wearable Robotics

October 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

There are several books on the topic of exoskeletons and wearable robotics that are worth owning, and some that should most likely be skipped.  Below are seven tittles for your consideration and a few suggestions on where you can find them: Wearable Robots, Biomechatronic Exoskeletons by José L. Pons, 2008 This is possibly the best exoskeleton [more]
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