EksoUE

The EksoUE (or Ekso Upper Extremity) is a passive shoulder and elbow support exoskeleton for medical rehabilitation. It is in many ways similar to the EksoVest, one of the first spring-activated industrial shoulder-support exoskeletons.

An interesting feature of the EksoUE is that all fitting adjustments can be done without the use of tools in order to minimize don and doff time, optimizing the time for both patients and clinicians during a rehabilitation session.

Description

The EksoUE is a spring-loaded vest which was initially teased in July of 2019 but the first official video of the product was not released until May of 2020 (link to YouTube):

The EksoUE is meant for upper extremity rehabilitation. It assists patients with various arm and shoulder impairments and provides gravity compensation while maintaining a wide range of motion. Initial users have included stroke patients with limited range of motion or mild impairment but limited endurance. The goal is to enable the patients to have longer rehabilitation sessions and/or ones with higher doses of intensity.

The EksoUE was designed through a collaboration between Ekso bionics and The Johns Hopkins Unversity School of Medicine with patient and clinician feedback from the Burke Neurological Institute.  The original concept was tested by KATA Design Studio which designs experiments for neuro-motor training. Even though it is a passive device, the pilot study integrated the EksoUE with a therapeutic animated game for patients starting recovery from a recent stroke.

The EksoUE is registered with the FDA as a Class I medical device (for comparison, most powered walking assist exoskeletons that are registered with the FDA are Class II devices). The EksoUE will be initially available to select existing customers with a wider release planned for the U.S. and Europe.


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