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VA extends support of ReWalk Robotics powered exoskeletons

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in June 2018 revised its national policy for ReWalk Robotics‘ powered exoskeleton for qualifying veterans with spinal cord injuries (SCI). The revision expands access to training program locations among the VA network and private rehabilitation centers throughout the VA’s Veterans Choice Program. The updated policy also includes further…

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ReWalk Robotics ReStore soft exoskeleton expands clinical trials

Clinical trials for the ReWalk Robotics ReStore soft exoskeleton are expanding to five research centers in the United States. The centers involved in the ReWalk Robotics ReStore trials include the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Chicago), Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (Boston), the MossRehab Stroke and Neurological Disease Center (Elkins Park, PA), TIRR Memorial Hermann (Houston), and the Kessler Foundation (East…

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Festo’s latest bionic robots include rolling spiders and flight-planning bats

The Bionic Learning Network of Festo has released it latest biomimicry innovations to support ongoing research in engineering, manufacturing, and materials science drawn from natural systems. Festo’s 2018 bionic menagerie includes: A transforming spider that rolls or creeps A robotic fish that autonomously maneuvers through acrylic water-filled tubing A semi-autonomous flying bat-like robot with more…

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Industrial exoskeletons arrive, more to come

“Exoskeletons” are those mechanical devices or soft materials worn by patients/operators, whose construction mirrors the structure of operator’s limbs, joints, and muscles, works in tandem with them. Exoskeletons are used as a capabilities amplifier, assistive device, haptic controller, or for rehabilitation. Exoskeletons stand in contrast to non-articulated mechanisms such as braces and slings that do…

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maxon motor introduces exoskeleton joint actuator

maxon motor has developed an exoskeleton drive for use in robotic limbs. This complete joint actuation unit consists of a pancake brushless DC motor with inertia optimized rotor. According to maxon, also included with the exoskeleton drive is an internal high resolution encoder, planetary gearhead with absolute encoder, and a position controller with CAN and RS232 interface. Exoskeleton…

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ReWalk Robotics raises $20M to expand into China

ReWalk Robotics, which develops rigid and soft exoskeletons to help people walk again after injuries and strokes, is expanding into China expand thanks to a $20 million investment from Hong Kong-based Timwell Corporation Limited. ReWalk and Timwell affiliate companies will form a joint venture in China to develop, manufacture and market ReWalk’s exoskeletons in China,…

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Machine learning personalizes how soft exosuits work

Researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied and Sciences (SEAS) are using machine learning to personalize the controls of soft exosuits. The machine learning algorithm rapidly identifies the best control parameters for the soft exosuit to minimize the amount energy the human…

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