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Honda begins leasing Walking Assist Exoskeleton

Honda begins leasing Walking Assist Exoskeleton | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it
Practical exoskeletons have moved closer to common usage with the news that Honda has begun leasing 100 of its Walking Assist Devices to hospitals in Japan ...

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Federal Robotics Initiative Gives $1 Million to Make Brain-Controlled Exoskeletons

Federal Robotics Initiative Gives $1 Million to Make Brain-Controlled Exoskeletons | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it

Robots that can read and respond to brain waves will eventually help stroke patients regain movement, using new neural interfaces that can re-train damaged motor pathways. Neuroscientists have made great strides in brain-machine interfaces that can respond to a person’s thoughts -- a new generation will drive a non-invasive robotic orthotic, retraining the patient’s own body.


Patients who have suffered a stroke or other injury can lose the active use of their limbs, rendering them unable to simply think about moving an arm or hand and then do it. Sometimes it’s possible to re-establish the lost connection, with time and repetitive physical therapy. Researchers at Rice University are using a robotic exoskeleton and a neural interface to improve matters.

 

The project has already successfully reconstructed three-dimensional hand and walking movements from brain signals, according to a Rice news release. Now a $1.17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the president’s National Robotics Initiative will test it on 40 patients over the next two years.

 

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Special Ops Uniform Will Transform Commandos Into an Iron Man Army

Special Ops Uniform Will Transform Commandos Into an Iron Man Army | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it

Army researchers are developing an advanced military uniform that would turn a special ops commando into Iron Man.

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, will deliver “superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection” by providing a powered exoskeleton to haul heavier equipment, liquid armor capable of stopping bullets, built-in computers and night vision, as well as the ability to monitor vital signs and apply wound-sealing foam. Put together, the capabilities would make the already elite Special Operation Forces nearly invincible in the field, says the Army.


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Alida langlois's curator insight, April 23, 2015 2:24 AM

This will enable soldiers to become more resistant to hazards in the field.  It will also help neutralize the danger of damaging the muscles and skeleton when having to haul heavy equipment.  

 

The idea of wound sealing foam can greatly improve chances of survival until medical attention can be gained.  

 

Liquid armor has the capacity to help survival rates and decrease injuries from weapons and shrapnel.  The hazard is not eliminated but has become easier to control and preventative measures are implemented to decrease the effects of this hazard.

 

However the issue of development means this type of hazard prevention is far from being available to the every day soldier.  Also does this pose a risk in itself by allowing soldiers to become to reliant on the equipment.  This is always a risk in areas that are hard to access like combat zones.

 

The idea of losing the equipment and then not having trained certain muscles could cause fatigue and result in further injuries to the musculoskeletal zones.

 

The cost of such a technological piece of equipment would be dear.  Would this then mean only certain parts of the armed forces have access to this equipment which still allows for the basis of the hazard to still be current 

 

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Advanced exoskeleton promises more independence for people with paraplegia

Advanced exoskeleton promises more independence for people with paraplegia | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it

The dream of regaining the ability to stand up and walk has come closer to reality for people paralyzed below the waist who thought they would never take another step. A team of engineers at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Intelligent Mechatronics has developed a powered exoskeleton that enables people with severe spinal cord injuries to stand, walk, sit and climb stairs. Its light weight, compact size and modular design promise to provide users with an unprecedented degree of independence.

 

The university has several patents pending on the design and Parker Hannifin Corporation – a global leader in motion and control technologies – has signed an exclusive licensing agreement to develop a commercial version of the device, which it plans on introducing in 2014.

 

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Giant exoskeleton mimics your every move

Giant exoskeleton mimics your every move | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it
While it may not be as robust as the Amplified Mobility Platform Suits that tore through Pandora in the movie “Avatar,” a new robotic exoskeleton is strong enough to handle a light jog and includes hands that are nimble enough to pick up an egg...
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Members of Top Nine Software Teams Move Forward from DARPA's Virtual ... - Space Daily

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Paraplegic Skier Walks Again, Helps Others do the Same

Paraplegic Skier Walks Again, Helps Others do the Same | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it

Amanda Boxtell could have never imagined that a paralyzing skiing accident would change her life… for the better. Amanda is now helping others overcome similar challenges, and is walking thanks to new technology reaching more people this week.

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EMO QUAD E-ROM Elbow Orthosis - Anatomical Concepts, Inc. (800) 837-3888

EMO QUAD E-ROM Elbow Orthosis - Anatomical Concepts, Inc. (800) 837-3888 | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it

Anatomical Concepts, Inc.'s APU PRAFO Orthosis (Get free shipping when you order 2 or more elbow orthoses by 10/31/11.)...

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Toyota Unveils Quartet of Healthcare Robots; Coming to a Hospital Near You ... - Medgadget.com

Toyota Unveils Quartet of Healthcare Robots; Coming to a Hospital Near You ... - Medgadget.com | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it
Medgadget.comToyota Unveils Quartet of Healthcare Robots; Coming to a Hospital Near You ...Medgadget.comAlthough Toyota stretches the definition of robot a bit, applying it to these assistive devices, one of which is not much more than an elegant...
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Todd Kuiken: A prosthetic arm that "feels" | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Physiatrist and engineer Todd Kuiken is building a prosthetic arm that connects with the human nervous system -- improving motion, control and even feeling. Onstage, patient Amanda Kitts helps demonstrate this next-gen robotic arm.

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Gamasutra - News - Students Win $100K Scholarship With Kinect Leg Prosthesis Project

Gamasutra - News - Students Win $100K Scholarship With Kinect Leg Prosthesis Project | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it

A team of students has won a college scholarship as part of the 2011 Siemens Competition, for its work on a project that uses the Kinect motion-sensor hardware to help people with leg injuries and ailments.

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Honda begins leasing Walking Assist Exoskeleton

Honda begins leasing Walking Assist Exoskeleton | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it
Practical exoskeletons have moved closer to common usage with the news that Honda has begun leasing 100 of its Walking Assist Devices to hospitals in Japan ...

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Using the BeagleBone to Control a Powerful Upper Body Exoskeleton

Using the BeagleBone to Control a Powerful Upper Body Exoskeleton | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it
My senior design team at the University of Pennsylvania has developed a powered upper body exoskeleton for use in physical therapy and assistive mobility applications.

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Next up in robot suits for the paralyzed: Mind control?

Next up in robot suits for the paralyzed: Mind control? | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it

Researchers are looking to push robotic exoskeletons into the realm of thought control, eliminating the need for hand controls and reaching those unable to use their upper bodies. Read this article by Bonnie Burton on CNET.


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NASA X1 Exoskeleton keep astronauts fit and could help disabled walk | SlashGear

NASA X1 Exoskeleton keep astronauts fit and could help disabled walk | SlashGear | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it
NASA's Robonaut 2 program has spawned an exoskeleton suit that could eventually help disabled people walk again as well as allow astronauts greater...

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First mind-controlled bionic leg a 'groundbreaking' advance - NBC News.com

First mind-controlled bionic leg a 'groundbreaking' advance - NBC News.com | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it
After losing his lower right leg in a motorcycle accident four-and-a-half years ago, 32-year-old Zac Vawter has been fitted with an...
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IT's curator insight, September 30, 2013 12:16 PM

Už je to tady, první bionická noha kontrolovaná myslí. Není to skvělé? V každém případě je to rozdíl oproti starším verzím ovladané nervovými zakončenímy v pahýlech

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Soft Exoskeleton Flexes Its Artificial Muscles : DNews

Soft Exoskeleton Flexes Its Artificial Muscles : DNews | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it
A new lightweight exosuit uses compressed air to give wearers an added boost as it strides into the future. Continue reading →
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Compliant System Control: Looks like McKibben Actuators

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Gait Trainer for Physical Therapy — Up n' Go From Easy-Walking

Gait Trainer for Physical Therapy — Up n' Go From Easy-Walking | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it
Up n' Go is a whole new class of Gait Trainers for Physical Therapy that combines the best features of traditional gait trainers and partial weight bearing lifters.
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7 Tech Breakthroughs That Empower People With Disabilities

7 Tech Breakthroughs That Empower People With Disabilities | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it

These high-tech assistive devices are making some limitations of disabled people a thing of the past.

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Studio 360 - Becoming the Bionic Man

Studio 360 - Becoming the Bionic Man | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it

Hugh Herr is a leading bionics developer at MIT and a double amputee following a mountain-climbing accident. Herr has developed legs that allow him to climb better than he could previously.

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MossRehab First in the U.S. to Offer Therapeutic Use of ReWalk Device | 2011 News Releases

MossRehab First in the U.S. to Offer Therapeutic Use of ReWalk Device | 2011 News Releases | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it
News Room - Einstein Healthcare Network is a private, not-for-profit organization with several major facilities and many outpatient centers. Our primary mission is to provide compassionate, high-quality healthcare to the greater Philadelphia region.
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Stanford joins BrainGate team developing brain-computer interface to aid ... - HealthCanal.com

Stanford joins BrainGate team developing brain-computer interface to aid ... - HealthCanal.com | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it
Stanford joins BrainGate team developing brain-computer interface to aid ...HealthCanal.comThe BrainGate research is one of several efforts throughout the world aiming to develop technologies to restore function by recording signals directly from...
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Robot Leg System Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again | ThirdAge

Robot Leg System Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again | ThirdAge | Exoskeleton Systems | Scoop.it
Robot leg system LOPES lifts the legs of the patient in a walking motion (Robot Leg System Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again: Robot leg system Lower-extremity Powered ExoSkeleton (LOPES) i...)...
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