Tagged: Mobility device

Ekso Suit: A 3D printed Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton with customized structure

Ekso Suit - A 3D printed Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton

We have had our fair share of bionic exoskeleton contrivances, but nothing (arguably) comes close to the level of conscientiousness displayed by the above pictured Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton. Fueled by the collaborative effort of the world’s largest 3D printer company – 3D Systems, and Ekso-Bionics, the so-named 3D Ekso Suit is custom tailored to ergonomically fit its subject. The ‘subject/test pilot’ for this fascinating endeavor was Amanda Boxtel, an outdoor enthusiast who unfortunately met with a serious injury in Aspen almost 12 years ago. The freak accident left her paralyzed from waist down, thus making her biologically unable to walk. But every story has a silver lining; the hybrid Exoskeleton robotic suit auspiciously came to the rescue, just like in a science fictional work. In fact, the advanced setup not only allowed her to stand with a nigh perfect posture, but also made her gloriously walk throughout the city of Budapest.

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Interview: Bimal Rajappan, designer of XOR Exoskeleton Rider personal mobility vehicle

Personal mobility concept XOR – Exoskeleton Rider by Bimal Rajappan

Personal mobility is the future of our urban living habits and manufacturers are trying to cash-in on this concept by developing their versions of personal mobility vehicles. An Indian design student Bimal Rajappan has come up with a very convincing conceptualization of Segway-inspired personal mobility vehicle called XOR – Exoskeleton Rider that could certainly be the future of urban personal mobility. We got the chance to get an exclusive interview with Bimal Rajappan who has ingeniously designed his version of Personal Mobility Vehicle that is quite impressive. So here we have the inquisitive queries that came to our mind and Bimal’s reply to those queries.
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Honda UNI-CUB β personal mobility vehicle has improved balance and seating position

Honda UNI-CUB β personal mobility vehicle

Honda has revealed the upgraded beta version of their very popular UNI-CUB hands free mobility device that came back in May 2012. The new version of Honda’s mobility device is dubbed as UNI-CUB β and boasts-off balance control technology and omni-directional driving wheel system that has been used in Honda’s humanoid robots like ASIMO. The improved version enhances movement in either direction by tilting to the intended side or shifting body weight accordingly and is perfect for personal mobility in indoor spaces like huge office complexes. Since the very first version of UNI-CUB was introduced Honda has been testing the personal mobility vehicle in conjunction with National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) as their staff has rigorously tested it during their office hours for commuting from one place to another in the facility premises.

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Indian student designs Segway-style wearable electric personal transporter

Segway-style personal mobility vehicles always tend to look extra geeky to us. For us they are the future of transportation where geeks will get around sans polluting the surroundings. This is exactly what an Indian design student Bimal Rajappan wants to convey with his concept of a Segway-inspired personal mobility vehicle that was the most radical concept at the Design Degree Show organized by IIT Bombay’s Industrial Design Centre in Mumbai. Read More…