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Talking Exoskeletons with suitX Founder Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni
By RT Staff · 12 February, 2016 • We caught up with suitX CEO and founder Dr. Kazerooni to get his insights on how to bring lightweight, affordable exoskeletons to everyone who needs one. We also discuss the role insurance companies play in the exoskeleton industry and, of course, suitX's Phoenix exoskeleton that's due out in March 2016.
3D Printing Plays Major Role in Super Bowl 50
By Steve Crowe · 5 February, 2016 • Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis will wear a 3D-printed brace during Super Bowl 50 to protect his broken right forearm.
suitX Phoenix Exoskeleton is Lightweight and ‘Affordable’
By Steve Crowe · 2 February, 2016 • The suitX Phoenix exoskeleton, which will be available in March 2016, weighs 27 pounds and costs $40,000, both of which are relatively low when compared to other exoskeletons.
Phoenix99 Bionic Eye to Begin Human Trials
By RT Staff · 29 January, 2016 • Scientists at the University of New South Wales want to begin human trials of the Phoenix99, a fully implantable bionic eye that has the world’s first neural stimulation technology. The scientists want to implant the Phoenix99 bionic eye in 12 patients over the next two years.
Watch: Man Lifts Mini Cooper with DIY Exoskeleton
By Steve Crowe · 26 January, 2016 • Engineer James Hobson built himself an exoskeleton that allowed him to easily lift a 2,524lb Mini Cooper.
Exoskeleton Market to Reach $1.8B in 2025
By Steve Crowe · 22 December, 2015 • A new report from ABI Research predicts the robotic exoskeleton sector to reach $1.8 billion in 2025, up from $68 million in 2014, for a CAGR of 39.6%.
VA Now Pays for ReWalk’s Exoskeleton for Veterans
By Steve Crowe · 17 December, 2015 • The United States Department of Veterans Affairs will now cover the cost of ReWalk Robotics' exoskeleton for eligible paralyzed veterans. The exoskeleton costs $69,500 and was too expensive for many injured veterans.
Are We Close to Star Wars-like Prosthetics?
By Martin Sayers, Colin Smith, Imperial College London · 4 December, 2015 • Imperial College London discusses how prototype sensor technology may make robotic prosthetics more user-friendly for people in the future.
CMU’s Robotic Leg Gives Amputees Better Balance
By RT Staff · 20 November, 2015 • Carnegie Mellon University has developed a control strategy based on human reflexes that has shown promise in simulation, producing stable walking gaits over uneven terrain and better recovery from trips and shoves.
This 3D Printed Robot Hand Responds to Human Grips
By Steve Crowe · 27 October, 2015 • A soft robotic hand that is 3D printed uses integrated air chambers that work like bellows, responding to the pressure applied when held by a human hand. The hand was created as part of a project to improve robot-human interactions.
3D Printed Hand Exoskeleton Simplifies Rehab
By RT Staff · 19 October, 2015 • The Assisted Finger Orthosis hand exoskeleton can be customized for an individual using 48 parameters. The battery-powered device uses small linear motors that can be programmed to move fingers as part of the rehab process.
Podcast: Talking 3D Printed Robotic Hands with Joel Gibbard
By Steve Crowe · 15 October, 2015 • Joel Gibbard, founder of Open Bionics, joins us to discuss the development of the company's low-cost, advanced robotic hands that are created using 3D printing. We also talk about Open Bionics' superhero-themed robot hands and what the future holds.
MIT Maps Human Movement to Improve Assistive Robots
By MIT News · 12 October, 2015 • MIT is working on modeling a human's lower extremities during walking to create robotic devices that mimic biological function as closely. This can be used to improve assistive devices that can help maintain or correct the gait of people recovering from strokes.
Frozen, Iron Man, Star Wars 3D-Printed Hands Coming from Open Bionics
By Steve Crowe · 8 October, 2015 • Open Bionics has unveiled three LED-studded robotic hands designed after Star Wars, Marvel, and Frozen characters. These robotic hands are intended to stand out and allow the children to proudly wear their prosthesis.
Exoskeleton, Spinal Stimulation Help Paralyzed Man Voluntarily Control Legs
By RT Staff · 8 September, 2015 • Mark Pollock was paralyzed in 2010 after falling from a second-story window. Today, with the help of an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton and spinal stimulation, he can voluntarily assist the exoskeleton while taking steps.

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