Tagged: Exoskeleton

CES 2017: Theory demonstrates VR Hypersuit that lets you fly like Superman

Theory HypersuitA French firm, Theory, demonstrated an interesting prototype hypersuit at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas on Tuesday. It is combination of an exoskeleton and immersive VR-headset. The suite is a full-body immersive VR simulator that can be navigated via movement of arms. The user can choose to Fly in a suit or Base-Jump or become a Cosmonaut. The company said that it is mostly meant for gaming and entertainment. The product isn’t portable enough for a home, but it’s excellent for VR parlors. Read More…

CES 2017: Hyundai unveils three exoskeletons for paraplegics, factory workers

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If Hyundai’s latest efforts are anything to go by, the car company is more inclined, than other automakers, to become more than just a car manufacturer. The company is venturing hard into assistive robots. Latest example, a trio of assistive robots – exoskeletons, unveiled by the company at a press conference in CES 2017. We’ve seen bulky robotic suits and exoskeletons over the years, but Hyundai has focused on keeping its battery-powered wearable exoskeletons very sleek and lightweight. Read More…

Brain-controlled robotic hand allows quadriplegia patients to perform everyday tasks

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Researchers have achieved breakthrough in development of a non-invasive, brain-controlled robotic hand that can regain ability to perform daily tasks for quadriplegia patients. The entire set-up is like an exoskeleton consisting of a robotic hand and a cap-like headgear that read brain signals and eye movement of the wearer. The best part is that it doesn’t require surgical implantation or any sort of wet gel to work. The exoskeleton was successfully tested in Spain on various subjects. Read More…

MAX – Flexible and lightweight exoskeleton promises bionic future

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Exoskeletons give able mobility to the elderly and people employed in heavy manufacturing industry. But they can be bulky and complicated to use. To make more practical usability of exoskeletons and lend the users ease of use, MAX (Modular Agile eXoskeleton) system is here. This low cost exoskeleton promises ultra-mobility is specially designed for industries where workers have to be in a crouched position.
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Artificial knee exoskeleton developed by Beihang University researchers

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Most of the exoskeletons we featured have been developed keeping in mind certain disability or assistance in walking for the elderly. Yet another example of an exoskeleton deemed to help paralyzed patients in walking again is being developed by researchers at Beihang University in China. The biologically inspired lower limb exoskeleton is created keeping in mind the human knee joint. Hence, this advanced artificial limb has scope for natural knee moment which has rotating and sliding mechanism.
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Exhauss shows newer, sophisticated Cine Exoskeleton at IBC 2016

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After L’Aigle Exoskeleton that was seen in 2014 at IBC, now Exhauss brand has come up with even more sophisticated and comfortable Cine version with payload capacity of 35 kg. Not just comfortable, but it is quite expensive too. The Cine is likely to be sold for about $9,000. The exoskeleton is given a thick padding around the waist straps in order to enhance the comfort. Now, the new exoskeleton is equipped with three sets of removable springs so that the resistance can be tailored in accordance with user’s requirements. Read More…

Indian engineering student builds real-life walking Iron Man suit

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The cheapest of exoskeletons cost thousands of dollars, but that could stand to change with the new creation by an Indian engineering student who has built a low cost wearable walking-assist. A real-life walking Iron Man suit, this is created by Vimal Govind Manikandan, of MES College of Engineering in Kerala. The battery-powered, functional exoskeleton is capable of lifting heavy objects, and is built on a budget of $750 (approx. ₹50,000). Read More…

CSIC develops exoskeleton for children having loss of mobility

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Exoskeletons give people with limited mobility the freedom to walk freely again. Such condition is mentally damaging for adults, just imagine the kind of effect it has on a child. For grown-ups Berkley-based SuitX revealed the most practical exoskeleton called Phoenix, for people who are not able to walk due to some medical condition. Before that however, Marsi Bionics created an exoskeleton suit for Daniela, a six-year old quadriplegic patient. The suit adapts to growing child’s needs, and that makes it an innovation which will go a long way. Keeping up to the promise of developing exoskeletons which have long term benefits for growing children, Marsi Bionics has lend its technology to help The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) develop world’s first exoskeleton for kids having muscular atrophy.


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Superflex robotic suit learns wearer’s movement to kick in power when needed

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Scientists around the world have been working on powered clothing that’ll make people’s lives easier. Exosuits or exoskeletons, if you may, are on the forefront of this future. Not really sure if hard metal suits can be categorized as clothing, but the way these exosuits are becoming lightweight and soft, they are steadily entering the spree to help those with limited mobility get back to normalcy. Following the heels of Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, a team of researchers at SRI International are working on Superflex – a soft exoskeleton that can learn how the wearer moves wearing it.

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Lightweight, wearable soft exosuit to help stroke patients rewalk

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Exoskeletons or exosuits currently marketed are rigid metal frames that are bulky for patients with disabilities. To ease out the bulk and with the idea to make an exosuit that’s flexible and soft, engineers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed The Soft Exosuit. First-of-its-kind soft wearable robot is designed to assist wearer’s movements with lightweight and flexible exoskeleton. To accelerate development process of the soft exosuit, Wyss Institute has collaborated with ReWalk Robotics, a collaboration that hints at a positive future where stroke patients or anyone with lower limb mobility limitation would regain mobility. Read More…

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