Framos launches OLED smart glasses featuring tiny Sony screen

Industrial imaging and machine vision company Framos has launched new smart glasses featuring Sony’s organic light-emitting diode micro display.

The company says the wearable is a super-small, thin, light-weight and fast solution for virtual reality and augmented reality glasses.

Framos says Oled microdisplays from Sony Semiconductor Solutions are “the state of the art technology” for small video displays.  Continue reading Framos launches OLED smart glasses featuring tiny Sony screen

Iconics integrates human machine interface with ‘head-mounted wearable’ like smart glasses

A company called Iconics has integrated its human-machine interface with RealWear’s head-mounted industrial wearable which could be described as being like smart glasses (main picture).

Iconics is a software developer which provides a range of HMI and supervisory control and data acquisition solutions, as well as data analytics and energy management.

Iconics says it provides web-enabled OPC UA and BACnet certified visualization, analytics, and mobile solutions for energy, manufacturing, industrial or building automation applications.  Continue reading Iconics integrates human machine interface with ‘head-mounted wearable’ like smart glasses

HMS demonstrates human-machine interface solutions on the Vuzix smart glasses platform

HMS Industrial has demonstrated a range of human-machine interfaces on the Vuzix smart glasses platform.

Vuzix is a supplier of smart glasses and augmented reality technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets.

HMS is provider of industrial networking and remote management solutions.  Continue reading HMS demonstrates human-machine interface solutions on the Vuzix smart glasses platform

Cyberdyne launches new version of its exoskeleton

 

Cyberdyne has launched the latest version of its HAL exoskeleton.

HAL, short for hybrid assistive limb, has been mostly marketed to the health sector.

The new version, HAL Lumbar, is similar to previous versions in that it reads bio-electrical signals of the wearer.  Continue reading Cyberdyne launches new version of its exoskeleton

Comau and Össur invest in Iuvo to build exoskeletons for industry

 

Comau and Össur are investing a company called Iuvo, which is building an exoskeleton. 

Iuvo is a spin-off company of the BioRobotics Institute, at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy, which is researching and developing products in the field of wearable technologies.

The objective of Iuvo is to create wearable, intelligent and active tools for a better quality of life, says the company.  Continue reading Comau and Össur invest in Iuvo to build exoskeletons for industry

Cyberdyne reports 30 per cent more sales for its cyber-physical HAL exoskeleton

The company which claims to have developed “the world’s first cyborg-type robot” when it built the HAL exoskeleton says it sold 30 per cent more units in its most recent year compared with the previous year. 

In its annual report, Cyberdyne says it sold $15 million worth of HAL exoskeletons in the year to March 2017.

In the previous year to March 2016, the company sold just under $12 million worth of the HAL exoskeletons.  Continue reading Cyberdyne reports 30 per cent more sales for its cyber-physical HAL exoskeleton

Ekso Bionics raises $34 million in funding for exoskeleton plans

Ekso Bionics, a developer of exoskeleton technology for medical and industrial use, has raised $34 million in its latest share issue.

Many of the new shares were purchased by Puissance Capital.

Exoskeletons are predicted to find markets in the health sector as well as industries such as construction, or anywhere where there may be physical work involved.

Continue reading Ekso Bionics raises $34 million in funding for exoskeleton plans

Genesis Robotics accelerates development of prototypes based on its ‘revolutionary’ LiveDrive actuator

genesis robotics actuator

Well-funded startup Genesis Robotics has accelerated the development of a range of products based on its “ground-breaking” technology, which the company claims will transform the entire industry. 

All of the new products Genesis has developed are based on something it calls LiveDrive, an actuator system which uses a gear with no teeth, invented by the company itself.

Making a gear work without teeth sounds impossible – how does it move connected parts without teeth? Imagine a gear on a bicycle without teeth and you’ll get the picture.  Continue reading Genesis Robotics accelerates development of prototypes based on its ‘revolutionary’ LiveDrive actuator

Toyota demonstrates robot to make elderly people walk faster

A model demonstrates Toyota’s rehabilitation robot Welwalk WW-1000. Reuters / Toru Hanai
A model demonstrates Toyota’s rehabilitation robot Welwalk WW-1000. Reuters / Toru Hanai

By Naomi Tajitsu, Reuters

Japanese automakers are looking beyond the industry trend to develop self-driving cars and turning their attention to robots to help keep the country’s rapidly graying society on the move.

Toyota said it saw the possibility of becoming a mass producer of robots to help the elderly in a country whose population is ageing faster than the rest of the world as the birthrate decreases.

The country’s changing demographics place its automakers in a unique situation. Along with the issues usually associated with falling populations such as labor shortages and pension squeezes, Japan also faces dwindling domestic demand for cars.

Toyota, the world’s second largest automaker, made its first foray into commercializing rehabilitation robots on Wednesday, launching a rental service for its walk assist system, which helps patients to learn how to walk again after suffering strokes and other conditions.  Continue reading Toyota demonstrates robot to make elderly people walk faster

Sarcos Robotics raises $25 million in funding from the likes of Microsoft and General Electric

Sarcos Robotics exoskeleton
The Sarcos Robotics exoskeleton, or dexterous robotic system

Startup company Sarcos Robotics has raised another $15.625 million in financing, bringing its total funding to $25 million.

The company’s investors include Caterpillar, Microsoft and GE Ventures.

Sarcos is developing an exoskeleton which the company describes as a “dexterous robotic system for unstructured environments”.  Continue reading Sarcos Robotics raises $25 million in funding from the likes of Microsoft and General Electric