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Ekso bionic suit - Schön Klinik Bad Aibling, Germany

Ekso™ is a bionic suit, or exoskeleton, which enables individuals with lower extremity paralysis to stand up and walk over ground with a weight bearing, four...
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  Ekso featured in this post, is one of a number of lower extremity paralysis exoskeleton support systems now emerging - others include ReWalk (USA), MIndWalker (Italy)  -that take advantage of new motor and control systems to build a new generation of mobility products. Video is worth watching.

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A leap forward for prosthetic systems | Stanford School of Engineering

A leap forward for prosthetic systems | Stanford School of Engineering | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Stanford researchers have designed the fastest, most accurate algorithm yet for brain-implantable prosthetic systems that can help disabled people maneuver computer cursors with their thoughts. The algorithm’s speed, accuracy and natural movement approach those of a real arm, doubling performance of existing algorithms. click image or title for more info.


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Prosthetic limbs get smarter with microprocessors

Prosthetic limbs get smarter with microprocessors | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
A prosthetic knee that’s waterproof and controlled with a microprocessor is a far cry from “a door hinge with a screw to give it some friction,” says a Vietnam veteran.
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One of the first jobs I had after Uni was working for a small robotics research company (TAG) doing market analysis for an EU funded research into sensor based hand prosthetics (TIDE project No.150 MARCUS). Emerging robotics and sensor based prosthetics can radically impact the quality of life for those that need them.  This is a good article which helps understand some of the current advances from companies like Ottobock and how they are using microprocessor enabled prosthetics to help to meet end user needs. Worth reading 

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