System Assisted Mobility /S.A.M. & All about Exosuits and Exoskeleton developments and trend.
Off Grid Living – @the HOB 2018
“As machines go, the human body is an extraordinarily efficient one. The way we move—our arm swing, cadence, step length—is all calibrated to minimize energy consumption, allowing the body to get the maximum mileage out of calories it consumes. But in the burgeoning field of soft robotics, scientists have struggled to replicate this. Scientists imagine that one day, robotic exoskeletons could help sick kids walk and make the elderly stronger, supplying weak bodies with supplemental strength. If only those robotic exteriors could move as efficiently as a healthy human body.”
“A new prototype designed by researchers from Hiroshima University in Japan claims to be able to enhance sensory and motor function in the upper body of the wearer. Referred to as the Sensorimotor Enhancing Suit (SEnS), it uses intricate understanding of the muscular and nervous system in our upper bodies to create an intelligently layered system of fabric.”
Ready for whatever the physical challenge
It’s only been a few short years since rigid exoskeletons first appeared. Very quickly after that it seemed as though they were making appearances on every news program everywhere,
demonstrating their ability to raise people up from a lifetime of being trapped in a wheelchair to one of walking upright once again.
With over 50 million Americans struggling with restricted mobility as a result of stroke, aging, injury and other conditions; and with a worldwide number that the World Bank claims approaches12 percent of the globe’s 7.2 billion people, it’s easy to see why rigid, wearable exoskeletons, and their ability to greatly enhance the lives of the handicapped, have been so well received.
Researchers have coated normal fabric with an electroactive material, and in this way given it the ability to actuate in the same way as muscle fibres. The technology opens new opportunities to design “textile muscles” that could, for example, be incorporated into clothes, making it easier for people with disabilities to move.
Today, Ekso Bionics® (EKSO) is a worldwide pioneer in the field of robotic exoskeletons. For over 10 years we have been committed to developing the latest technology and engineering to help people rethink current physical limitations and achieve the remarkable. Our productsunlock human strength, endurance, and mobility potential, with broad applications across medical and industrial markets.
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