exoskeletons

Start-Up Profile – HeroWear – Low-cost Exosuit Reduces Worker Back Strain

HeroWear’s back-assist Apex exosuit, which reduces back strain when objects are lifted, can be adjusted to fit workers of all sizes — both men and women. Imagine that. By Dan Kara | February 5, 2021 Editor’s Note: Robotics Business Review‘s coverage emphasizes innovation, including start-up companies (or ‘young’ companies). RBR “Start-Up Profiles” highlight individual start-up companies using a consistent, templated format that makes for quick, yet informed reading, that also simplifies comparative analysis. HeroWear – Company Profile City: Nashville State: Tennessee Country: USA # of Employees: 10 URL: www.HeroWearExo.com Founded: 2018 Founder – Mark Harris (CEO), Karl Zelik (Chief Scientific Officer), and Matthew Yandell (Chief Innovation Officer) Funding Status – Not disclosed. The Apex...

Soft Wearable Robots Are Leaving the Lab – RoboBusiness Direct Session October 29th

In this informative RoboBusiness Direct session, Conor Walsh, founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab and faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, will describe the current state of soft robotics research, the many ways soft wearable robots are actively being deployed now, as well as emerging opportunities for the technology. By RBR Editor | October 23, 2020 There is no charge to attend RoboBusiness Direct sessions. After almost a decade of effort from a multidisciplinary team of researchers and collaborators with backgrounds in robotics, functional apparel design and movement science, soft wearable robots have now left the lab and being deployed across a range of exciting application areas. This talk will give an overview of how this technology has matured ...

MIT’s Hugh Herr Reveals Joys (and Challenges) of Commercializing Bionic Limbs

As a teenager, Dr. Hugh Herr was a highly competitive mountain climber, until at the age of 17 he had to have both legs amputated below the knees after suffering severe frostbite during a 1982 mountain expedition. As a result of this experience, he directed his efforts and talent to try to improve the mobility of people with disabilities. Considered one of the top biomechatronics researchers in the world, Herr heads the Biomechatronics Research Group and Center for Extreme Bionics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research programs seek to advance technologies that promise to accelerate the merging of body and machine, including device architectures that resemble the body’s musculoskeletal design, actuator technologies that behave like muscle, and control methodologies th...

3 nonsurgical robotics applications to watch in healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed and expanded interest in non-surgical healthcare robots worldwide. A growing number of hospitals and healthcare providers is realizing that robots can offer significant improvements in the delivery of care, laboratory efficiency, and rehabilitation, as seen in the examples below. The novel coronavirus has highlighted the global shortage of skilled medical staffers. In combination with sometimes laborious and slow laboratory test processes, it can limit access to life-saving treatments. ABB research hub demonstrates future of care In response to the talent shortage and laborious processes, biopharmaceutical and testing laboratories are turning to automation to improve productivity, safety, and consistency. In turn, higher-quality, more flexible care can enh...