Bionic revolution: 8 exoskeletons leading the field

Power Loader Ninja by Activelink

A budget model, the Power Loader Ninja from Japanese manufacturer Activelink is expected to sell commercially for about $5000 when it debuts sometime this year. The suit is meant to be a workhorse, not a rehabilitative tool, and at the price point the company expects it to appeal to farm workers and delivery personnel. Photo Activelink.

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Powered exoskeletons are finally coming of age. The Global Exoskeleton System market is set to grow at a cumulative average growth rate (CAGR) of 72.51% from 2014-2019, according to a February report by Market Research Reports, Inc. Here are 8 lower limb assist devices you should know about.

Ekso by Ekso Bionics. Sharing a lineage with the first untethered powered exoskeleton, which was developed in a U.C. Berkeley lab, the Ekso GT is a wearable bionic suit that enables individuals with any amount of lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight bearing, reciprocal gait.

Ekso by Ekso Bionics. Sharing a lineage with the first untethered powered exoskeleton, which was developed in a U.C. Berkeley lab, the Ekso GT is a wearable bionic suit that enables individuals with any amount of lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight bearing, reciprocal gait. It is currently used in clinical settings to help with gait training, and a progressive step mode helps facilitate patients’ escalating skills. In autonomous use, patients utilize crutches to fire each step. Photo Ekso Bionics.

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