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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 // 2 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 // 4 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]

Map of Exoskeleton Companies

October 15, 2015 // 10 Comments

Map of companies, businesses and startups involved with exoskeleton technology from around the world.  All entries have been divided into entities with a heavier focus into rehabilitation or able-body user augmentation.  Use the map controls to navigate or open in a full window. North America: Alter G 48438 Milmont Dr, Fremont, CA 94538 USA [more]

Commercial Exoskeletons From the Eyes of Physiotherapist

October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

How are exoskeletons perceived from the point of view of a professional physiotherapist?  What information is available to them and what do they look for in a powered exoskeleton?  We often write about what new ideas and inspirations xxsearchers and entrepreneurs have in the wearable robotics field.  We also try to monitor the public’s [more]

Otherlab Orthotics – A Fundamental Jump in Technology

October 1, 2015 // 10 Comments

Sometimes there are exoskeleton videos that manage to completely fly under the radar.  The Otherlab Orthotics Show and Tell is exactly one of those videos (below)!  In it, presenter Tim Swift addresses the main issue with wearable robotics: Reducing The Cost Of Exoskeleton Devices.  Tim Swift’s solution is to go with soft exoskeletons [more]

WearRAcon16 Wearable Robotics Conference, Feb 2016

September 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Wearable Robotics Association is proud to present the first Wearable Robotics Conference (WearRAcon) in 2016.  WearRAcon16 will take place in Phonex, Arizona, USA from the 10th to the 12th of February the upcoming year.  What makes this convention special is the specialization on exoskeleton and wearable robotics technology specifically. [more]

Cybathlon – Powered Exoskeleton Race, October 2016

September 9, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Cybathlon, or Cyber-Athlon, is a dedicated competition for people with disabilities and their mobility enabling devices.  The Cybathlon will be held on the 8th of October 2016 in the Swiss Arena in Zurich, Switzerland.  The event is organized by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich).  Hocoma, the maker of the [more]

Marine Mojo – Passive Exoskeleton Spotlight

September 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

The company Twenty Knots Plus (20KTS+) is developing a creative new exoskeleton: the Marine Mojo.  The Marine Mojo is a passive, single task exoskeleton with a specialized target market.  It absorbs the shocks and vibrations from standing on fast moving, small water crafts.  These types of speed boats are often used by the military, Coastguard, [more]

Reducing The Cost Of Exoskeleton Devices

September 2, 2015 // 8 Comments

The exoskeleton industry has a very long way before it can reach its market potential.  Current commercial exoskeleton devices tend to be slow, cumbersome, with the degree of usefulness still up for debate.  For example, an exoskeleton can help a person lift an extremely heavy object, but now the user has to lug around a heavy metal robot that [more]

Soft Exoskeletons and Exosuits

August 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

A new type of a wearable robot is becoming more popular: soft exoskeletons or exosuits!  Soft exoskeletons address one of the main problems of exoskeletons: an exoskeleton is a hard, rigid structure that has to be worn over a soft, flexible body.  Soft exoskeletons and exosuits do away with ALL of the hard, rigid frames that make up a classical [more]

DIY Exoskeletons Roundup

August 27, 2015 // 6 Comments

Some of the greatest companies have started out as small do-it-yourself (DIY) projects in someone’s garage. Apple, Harley Davidson, HP, Mattel and many others all began as tiny enterprises in a residential zone.  Therefore, it makes sense to not only follow the exoskeletons developed by academics in research labs and engineers in [more]
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