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12/20/2013

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Rex Bionics has developed a robotic leg system that provides people bound to a wheelchair the ability to stand up and walk unaided by crutches or braces. The system includes 29 onboard computer processors that control movement and balance through joystick control, allowing the Rex user to direct the device to sit, stand, walk, and turn easily. The robotic legs can even walk up steps and up or down slopes.  (Source: Rex Bionics)
Rex Bionics has developed a robotic leg system that provides people bound to a wheelchair the ability to stand up and walk unaided by crutches or braces. The system includes 29 onboard computer processors that control movement and balance through joystick control, allowing the Rex user to direct the device to sit, stand, walk, and turn easily. The robotic legs can even walk up steps and up or down slopes.
(Source: Rex Bionics)

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mrdon
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Building a Better Human
mrdon   12/20/2013 9:41:08 AM
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ElizabethM

Great slide show! I didn't realize how far artifical medical technology has progressed over the years. I found the Natcore Technology to be intriquing in the fact the artificial retina uses harvesting technology via solar power energy to operate the eye. Just curious interms of the artifical retina's response with the absence of light. Do you know if there is some type of electrical storage device that alllows it to operate in darkeness?

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Robotic Suit
Habib Tariq   12/21/2013 11:56:35 PM
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This article reminds me of an article that I read three years back. It was about the development of robotic suits to help people with locomotion. The suit was designed to read nerve messages and help perform those actions through the help of a robotic suit. The suit was still in testing stages but the result did show promising signs.

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Habib Tariq   12/21/2013 11:57:31 PM
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mrdon
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Re: Robotic Suit
mrdon   12/22/2013 1:57:57 PM
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Habib Tariq

Here's an "indego" video about their Exoskelton product that allows paraplegics to walk. Quite an inspirational video as well.

 

http://www.fastcompany.com/3023043/innovation-agents/this-powered-exoskeleton-lets-paraplegics-walk-again

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taimoortariq   12/24/2013 10:04:15 PM
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Mrdon, it is really impressive as well. I am sure you will also like the Japanese version of it as well. They have raised the bars by also including the upper torso support.

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Re: Robotic Suit
Pubudu   12/27/2013 2:07:34 PM
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Habib, Mardon, Many thanks for the links which will enhance the insights of the article. 

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Hearts
TJ McDermott   12/22/2013 7:27:56 PM
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The technology has come far from the first Jarvik.  The heart shown in the slide is incredible but I wonder what powers it.  Does the recipient wear a battery backpack to keep it running?

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BETTER HUMAN
bobjengr   12/23/2013 2:47:36 PM
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Excellent slide show.  I think as medical technology progresses, we will see definite improvements relative to interlinking prosthetics to existing tissues, nerves, muscles, etc etc.  It appears to me that we are headed in that direction already.   I think of the thousands of veterans coming home with injuries from combat and hope that day arrives very quickly.

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Pubudu   12/27/2013 2:13:24 PM
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Very true bobjengr, This is where we all engineers should pay attention in innovation in helping human lives.

And Elizabeth. Many thanks for sharing those info like you always do.

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shockingly cool
NadineJ   12/24/2013 1:11:16 AM
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The slideshow is very cool.  Glad I opened it.  I was reluctant to click because of the first slide.  With a quick glance, it looks very odd.

I've seen video of the Ekso exoskeleton in the past.  It's amazing.  A lot of people in need have more options than ever.  Hopefully, the prices can lower to benefit more people around the world.

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Pubudu   12/27/2013 2:20:48 PM
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Great point NadineJ, I also believe that the prices of those should be affordable to the public in order to get the maximum out of the innovation otherwise it will only be a just a innovation which has no value. 

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NadineJ   12/29/2013 4:00:43 PM
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Pubudu-That reminds me of something my teacher used to say..."if you sketch something that can't be prototyped, you need to change your majour to Fine Art."

Some things are meant for niche markets but I think it's important for medical breakthroughs to reach the masses and benefit all.

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Robotic Hand
Greg M. Jung   12/24/2013 4:52:44 PM
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The i-Limb also impressed me with its multiple articulation and sleek design.

taimoortariq
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Japanese counterpart
taimoortariq   12/24/2013 9:55:30 PM
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I saw an article some time back, similar type of work is going on in Japan as well. The difference is that there prosthetic robot is wearable and adds to the mechanical advantage in walking and lifting as well. Making it somewhat autonomous.

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Re: Japanese counterpart
taimoortariq   12/24/2013 9:58:16 PM
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Here is the link to their website http://www.cyberdyne.jp/english/robotsuithal/ I find it really amazing

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Artificial Retina
notarboca   12/31/2013 7:20:46 PM
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Think I'll check out Natcore's web page; the idea of an artificial retina is intriguing, and could be a viable treatment for many people.

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Elizabeth M   1/2/2014 9:08:28 AM
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Hi, notarboca. The artificial retina is interesting for sure. I actually wrote a separate story about it if you want more info: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?doc_id=268160

But of course the website should tell you even more than that. Good luck in your search.

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Quite an interesting connection
William K.   1/3/2014 5:49:56 PM
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It is an interesting collection and it certainly can benefit a lot of people. BUT not all engineers can or should focus on this area. There is a great deal of insight and understanding needed to arrive at a design that is better thanb  "peg ;eg" of a hundred yars ago. The kinematics of human motion are quite a challenge, and even just the selection of materials compatible with human phisiology is a big effort. 

Besdies all of that there are two other considerations, the first is that I am not employed to develop wonderful prosthetics, and so it would not be honest to my employers to work on projects not in their business. They have a lot of other engineering work for me to do. And the second consideration is that if all engineers started creating prosthetic designs, the pay level would drop so much that they would mostly move to other fields if they could. 

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Robotic leg
Charles Murray   1/3/2014 6:52:22 PM
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It's amazing to see what the microprocessor can do in terms of providing balance. Dean Kamen's Segway used microprocessors to balance a two-wheeled vehicle, and I always thought that was amazing. But the robotoic leg shown here is presumably more complicated than a Segway, and has to supply balance in a wider variety of potential scenarios.

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Cabe Atwell   5/21/2014 11:18:51 PM
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I've seen the Ekso Bionic Suit in a demonstration and all I have to say is that it's incredible. With very little training disabled persons will be able to walk again.

 

But, I suggest starting with the soul.

 

 

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