Bionics was founded in Berkeley, California in 2005. Since inception
Ekso Bionics has forged partnerships with world-class institutions like
UC Berkeley, received research grants from the Department of Defense and
licensed technology to the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Today Ekso
Bionics continues to pioneer the field of exoskeletons, designing and
creating some of the most forward-thinking and innovative solutions for
people looking to augment human mobility and capability.
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Rewalk is an Israeli start-up, received FDA approval in June
for their exoskeleton to aid movement for people with lower body
paralysis and last week the WSJ reported that the company plans to raise
up to $57.5 million from an IPO. It has partnered with Yaskawa and
others involved in the distribution of rehabilitation devices.
Cyberdyne is a venture firm which is established by Dr.
Yoshiyuki Sankai, University of Tsukuba, Japan, in order to materialize
his idea to utilize Robot Suit HAL for the benefits of humankind in the
field of medicine, caregiving, welfare, labor, heavy works,
entertainment and so on. Robot Suit HAL was developed with the
technologies created in Sankai Laboratory of Tsukuba University as an
application of “Cybernetics” advocated by Prof. Sankai.
ActiveLink a subsidiary of Panasonic. Its device is among a small
but growing number of exoskeletons available commercially—less fantastic
and more cumbersome versions of a technology that’s been a staple of
science fiction for some time. Though they have mainly been tested in
medical and military settings, the technology is starting to move beyond
these use niches, and it could make a difference for many manual
laborers, especially as the workforce ages.
6. FORTIS by Lockheed Martin
FORTIS exoskeleton transfers loads through the exoskeleton to the
ground in standing or kneeling positions and allows operators to use
heavy tools as if they were weightless. An advanced ergonomic design
moves naturally with the body and adapts to different body types and
heights. Using various mechanical arms, operators can effortlessly hold
heavy hand tools, increasing productivity by reducing muscle fatigue.
The Percro Body Extender can lift up to 110 pounds in each hand
and can exert 10x the force the user applies. Percro says it can be used
for heavy aircraft manufacturing or for aiding rescue missions of
victims of earthquakes and other disasters.
The HULC is a completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered
anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users with the ability to
carry loads of up to 200 pounds for extended periods of time and over
all terrains. Its flexible design allows for deep squats, crawls and
==============================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================================Developed and built in North Vancouver by Nuytco Research Ltd,
this hard metal dive suit allows divers to operate safely down to a
depth of 1000 feet and yet still have exceptional dexterity and
flexibility to perform delicate work. The amazing technology of the
EXOSUIT atmospheric diving system (ADS) maintains a cabin pressure of
the surface and still allows the suit to bend due to a unique rotary
joint invented by Phil Nuytten.
The device, the Soft Exosuit, is intended to be worn comfortably
under clothing and could enable soldiers to walk longer distances, keep
fatigue at bay, and minimize the risk of injury when carrying heavy
loads. Alternative versions of the suit could eventually assist those
with limited mobility as well. DARPA's Warrior Web program seeks to
develop technologies to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries for
military personnel, but the same technologies could also have civilian
applications. A reduction in such injuries could reduce long-term
healthcare costs and enhance quality of life for wearers of the suit.
The Titan Arm is a Cornell Cup winning upper-body exoskeleton
that was created by students of the University of Pennsylvania for use
in the fields of rehabilitation and therapeutic application. The arm can
lift 40 pounds in addition to what the wearer’s real arm can lift and
is powered by a battery pack attached to the backpack. It was also
nominated for 2015 Edison awards.
As one of the largest shipbuilders in the world, the company is
investigating ways to make its workflow more productive. But after
researching the use of such robo-suits on the job and found them to be
helpful, the company is now working on improving its prototype model so
that the suits might soon see regular use on the job.
The running jetpack titled 4MM (Four Minute Mile) is being
developed by Arizona State University with funding from DARPA to allow
soldiers to run a four minute mile even with heavy equipment. Tests so
far have shown that the wearer can run quicker while carrying more
weight with less metabolic cost.
The WREX, Wilmington Robotic EXoskeleton, was designed at A. I.
DuPont Hospital for Children.It is a state-of-the-art, light weight
exoskeleton with two links and four degrees of motion that approximates
normal human anatomy. It incorporates elastic band elevation assists for
both the shoulder and elbow to totally eliminate gravity influence on
the extremity. The unique design of the shoulder and elbow joints allow
for a significant improvement in the available range of motion when
compared to other assistive devices.
The opening of the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Brazil saw
Juliano Pinto, who is paralysed from the waist down, kick the World Cup
ball using an exoskeleton connected to the neurons in his brain.
Developed by Duke University, the exoskeleton is part of the ‘Walk Again
Project’ and was created by a team of 150 and led by neuroscientist and
leading figure in brain-machine interfaces, Dr Miguel Nicolelis. In
short, Mr Pinto just had to think about kicking the ball which
registered the brain activity to activate the exoskeleton to move.
XOS 2 is a second-generation robotics suit being developed by
Raytheon for the US Army. The company publicly demonstrated the
capabilities of the exoskeleton for the first time at its research
facility in Salt Lake City in Utah. The wearable robotic suit increases
the human strength, agility and endurance capabilities of the soldier
inside it. The XOS 2 uses high-pressure hydraulics to allow the wearer
to lift heavy objects at a ratio of 17:1 (actual weight to perceived
weight). This allows repeated lifting of the load without exhaustion or
The Honda Experimental Walking Assist Device is a robot
exoskeleton for the legs, designed to reduce the strain of walking for
the elderly and those with mobility problems. Essentially a chair with
legs, the Honda exoskeleton allows users to sit down in a saddle-like
seat and strap their feet into two shoes attached to artificial limbs.
The seat supports a portion of the wearer's body weight, reducing the
strain to joints in the knees, ankles and hips. While the device is
expected to improve mobility, running a marathon in one probably isn't a
good idea, since the lithium ion battery (a more powerful version of
the cell phone battery) lasts roughly two hours at a pace of 2.8 miles
Researchers at MIT have developed a leg exoskeleton capable of
carrying an 80-pound load without the use of motors. According to its
developers, the prototype can support 80 percent of this weight while
using less than one-thousandth of a percent of the power used by its
motorized equivalents.The aim of developing leg exoskeletons is to make
it easier for people to carry heavy loads, says Hugh Herr, director of
the Biomechatronics Group at MIT and leader of the research. By
designing mechanical structures that transfer much of the load directly
to the ground, rather than via the walker’s legs, it should be possible
to enable soldiers and firefighters to carry heavier loads while
reducing the risk of injury and the amount of metabolic effort they
expend in doing so.
The Exoskeleton is powered by ultra-capacitors and doped
nano-phoshpate batteries (similar to the ones currently used in hybrid
cars) and it is controlled using 36 pneumatic muscles with two linear
actuators set along a spine consisting of seven artificial vertebrae.
Even the helmet is pneumatically attached.
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