Tag Archives: Exoskeleton

Harvard’s soft exoskeleton

It was 2009-2010 when exoskeletons exited science fiction and entered the mainstream as several companies and research labs revealed their state-of-the-art designs (see Rex Bionics, Lockheed Martin, and Honda’s exoskeletons). These wearable robots that assist a person to walk promise improved mobility for many people in need such as the handicapped and the elderly. Exoskeletons… Read More »

Rex Bionics exoskeleton to help paraplegics improve their quality of life

No, this is not an article about another robotic dinosaur recreated from bygone eras – instead, Rex is an interesting new breakthrough in the field of technology and medicine, that will allow people to see themselves walking again. The project in question was developed by Rex Robotics, a New Zealand company, that had been working… Read More »

HAL exoskeleton taken for a walk outside

I’ve written twice before on the Cyberdyne HAL suit, one of the first working exoskeletons to be demonstrated and brought to market. You can read the below articles for a description of the origins and capabilities of this exoskeleton. HAL exoskeleton available for renting in Japan Japanese quadriplegic attempts mountain climb using robotic exoskeleton Recently,… Read More »

Lockheed Martin exoskeleton: The Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC)

In the span of less than a year, exoskeletons have moved from science fiction to reality. In the last few months, several research and developments groups have unveiled working prototypes of exoskeletons. One example is the Sarcos exoskeleton designed for military use; another is Honda’s robotic legs recently announced; third, Cyberdyne’s HAL exoskeleton from Japan… Read More »

Robotics in 2008 and 2009: What happened in 2008 and what might happen in 2009

First, I want to wish all of you a happy and prosperous new year! This blog continued to grow in 2008 and we now receive 50% more traffic than the year before. On December 31st, the last day of 2008, Feedburner stats also reported that we finally reached 2000 subscribers in combined RSS and email.… Read More »

Honda’s robotic legs

Honda have finally realized that developing and selling a complete humanoid robot at affordable prices is going to take longer than they expected when they invested millions of dollars in the development of ASIMO. Now, Honda wants to take advantage of some of the technology developed for ASIMO to build less complete but still massively… Read More »

Sarcos exoskeleton video

Utah’s Sarcos revealed yesterday their latest prototype exoskeleton for allowing humans to perform tasks requiring strength above that supplied by their own biological muscles. Even though I believe exoskeletons are an important technology for improving the life of differently enabled people, Sarcos seems to be mostly targeting their exoskeleton to military use; however, I am… Read More »