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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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”.
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