The Future is Now For Next Gen Exoskeletons

ReWalker Val, John & Claire, London, UKIt has been a long time since the creation of the first 1500 lb motion-controlled exoskeleton was developed at Cornell University, but the promise of exoskeletons across numerous applications is closer than you think to being realized. From innovative companies like ReWalk and Cyberdyne who are developing assisted motion devices primarily aimed at the rehabilitation and body paralysis market, new products are taking advantages of massive technological innovation in sensors, sensor fusion software, motion control, electromyographics (EMG Control) are driving towards smaller, more powerful, more comfortable products that hold promise not only in the rehab markets, but in healthcare (think of the advantage to help drive obesity rates down by taking 40 lbs of weight of an obese patient’s limbs to enable them to exercise), elder care (driving towards more independent living for our seniors), military (where exoskeletons and other assisted lifting technology has been in play for years) and other markets.

Jeff Kerns in Machine Design provides a great detailed review of all of the innovations driving the opportunities in this hot new space that is attracting massive amounts of venture capital.


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