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Exoskeleton Robots – No Wheelchair Necessary

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Who Needs a Wheelchair Anyway?


There is no such thing as disability thanks to technology and robotics.

Did you know that Exoskeletons can now replace wheelchairs and robotics can replace limbs.

Technology has come a long way indeed. When I discovered Exoskeletons, I was so amazed I just wanted to let the whole world know. I hope you enjoy this incredible journey as you read the stories and watch the videos below.

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Broken Wheelchair

But as I said, this technology is too good to not share.

This article aims to help you understand how Exoskeletons work and will demonstrate the amazing way robotics is changing lives.

 

Walking with Rex


If you know how to operate an electric wheelchair, then you will easily have what it takes to control a Rex.

 

Rex Exoskeleton

 

 

I love this video and I know you will also. Sophie allows you to see how the Rex works and shares her story of how technology has dramatically changed her life.

 

 

 

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Rehabilitation with HAL


Say goodbye to back injuries due to lifting patients. Say goodbye to the restriction of stairs placed on wheelchairs. The future is here, today.

The HAL is controlled by the mind. Yes you heard correctly. Unlike the Rex, the Human Assisted Limb (HAL) taps into the signals sent by the brain (however weak), to move the exoskeleton.

Unfortunately, HAL is only available for hospital rehabilitation. Hopefully this incredible product will soon be available for home use.

HAL actually rewires the brain to strengthen the brain signals to accelerate a motor neuron learning of the cerebral nerves.

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Biomechatronics – Bionic Limbs


The following video is so awesome. I just can’t believe how natural looking these robotic legs move.

I am sure if Hugh put on trousers and shoes, we would be unable to notice any difference.

In January 1982, Hugh Herr was climbing a mountain, when Hugh and a fellow climber were caught in a blizzard and became disoriented in extreme below zero temperatures. Due to severe frostbite, Hugh had both his legs amputated below the knees.

Hugh having an incredible drive and creative passion, designed his own prosthetic feet and today is the Director of Biomechatronics which aims to accelerate the merging of body and machine. And I believe he is achieving this ambition.

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Ekso Bionics Rehabilitation Exoskeletons


Previously known as Berkeley Bionics the company is now known as Ekso Bionics. Ekso continue improving upon the earlier eLEGS, today known as Ekso GT, along with many other products.

Ekso GT

 

Ekso Bionics focus on rehabilitation of stoke and spinal cord injury patients to get them back on their feet sooner, Many of these patients thought they would be unable to walk or even stand again.

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HULC (Human Universal Load Carrier)


The HULC enables soldiers to carry loads up to 200lb (91kg).

Army Technology

 

Purchased from Berkerly Bionics and now under military development by Lockheed Martin, HULC is hydraulically-powered and enables soldiers to carry heavy loads with minimal strain on their body.

Visit HULC: Army Technology

Robotic Hands and Arms


Les Baugh had his arms amputated when he was a teenager due to an accident that involved falling into power lines.

Engineers at Johns Hopkins university in Baltimore, Maryland USA, are testing robotic prosthetic arms controlled by the mind. These hands can perform delicate tasks, such as breaking an egg, to fine tasks like picking up smarties.

Soft Robotic Exosuit – Wearable Robotics


Harvard Biodesign Lab are developing soft wearable robots constructed using textiles that are very light and do not constrain the wearer’s joints with external rigid structures. The soft Exosuit increase the capabilities of healthy individuals and assist those with muscle weakness or patients who suffer from physical or neurological disorders.

Visit Exo Suit: Extreme Tech

ReWalk Robotics


ReWalk Robotics are assisting people in wheelchairs enjoy the experience of standing and walking.

ReWalk

 

This video will follow Peters journey as he is trained to use the reWalk.

 

Visit ReWalk: ReWalk

Bebionic by Ottobock – Robotic Hand


bebionic Robotic HandNicky Ashwell was the first UK user to receive the world?s most lifelike hand bebionic.

Here is Nicky’s story and how bebionic has helped in every part of her life, from exercising at the gym to holding her partners hand.

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There are many more companies working on Exoskeletons and Robotics to improve independence. If you would like to see some more, here are a few extra examples.


Honda Asimo: Asimo Robot

Honda Walk Assist: Honda

Shadow Dexterous Hand: Shadow Robot

MK3 Exoskeleton Suit: OhGizmo

NASA’s X1: Nasa

Visit LAFMIA: LAFMIA

Visit Alex: Delaware

Vanderbilt University: Vanderbilt University

Raytheon XOS 2: Army Technology

 

Now that is amazing


I don’t think wheelchairs will be around for too much longer with the speed technology is progressing.

Thank you for reading this article I hope this has inspired you.

Together we can make this an accessible world.

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