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Ekso

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Ekso is a wearable exoskeleton that can augment a person's physical capabilities. It's currently used to get people with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness standing up and walking.

Creator
Ekso Bionics
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2010
Type
Medical, Exoskeletons
Creator
Ekso Bionics
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2010
Type
Medical, Exoskeletons

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Specs

FEATURES
Capable of adjusting to different body sizes. Equipped with a wireless usage monitor and three walking modes for progressive rehabilitation activity.
HEIGHT
167.6 cm | 66 in (max); 145 cm | 57 in (min)
LENGTH
35.6 cm | 14 in
WIDTH
54.6 cm | 21.5 in
WEIGHT
22.7 kg | 50 lb
SPEED
1.61 km/h | 1 mph (depends on user)

SENSORS
More than 30 sensors to measure position, force, and other variables.
ACTUATORS
Four electromechanical actuators (located at the knees and hips)
POWER
Swappable lithium-polymer batteries
COMPUTING
On-board DSP
SOFTWARE
Custom C code
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
6 (4 actuated, 2 passive)
MATERIALS
Advanced aluminum and composite structure.
COST
$130,000 (includes Ekso plus support and training program)
STATUS
Ongoing
HISTORY
Originally Berkeley Bionics, Ekso Bionics began its evolution in 2005 with the ExoHiker, an exoskeleton that let able-bodied people carry 90 kg (about 200 lb) with minimal exertion. The technology was based on research developed at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2009, the company licensed its load-carrying Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) system to Lockheed Martin for military development. In 2011, Ekso began testing a new version of its robotic suit in rehabilitation clinics in the United States and Europe. Ekso is now in use at 14 rehabilitation centers around the world. After more trials in clinics and hospitals, the company plans to introduce a model for at-home physical therapy.
WEBSITE
http://eksobionics.com

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