Exoskeleton robots promise a future of walking ability and heavy work assistance | GLM

Exoskeleton robots promise a future of walking ability and heavy work assistance | GLM

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Over the last few years, the capabilities of robot exoskeleton technology have improved dramatically. That is quite convincing. First, it’s a rare technology that I first realized would help improve my life. I’ve been touring demonstrations of several companies so far, but when I see a person walking from one end of the room to the other for the first time in a few years, I see the person’s companion standing next to me tearing. , Honestly, breathtaking.

Second, there are two prominent use cases for this technology. One is the above-mentioned mobility. It helps when moving with the help of people who are completely paralyzed or have walking disabilities. The other is that the exo skeleton greatly reduces the load on the body when lifting heavy objects or standing for a long time. As a result, many companies, such as Esko Bionics, have split their divisions into two to deal with them separately.

So this is a big potential market, although it will still take years to grow. For that reason, I can only give a rough estimate here, but I believe there is plenty of room for small companies to enter the field and develop fruitful businesses.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if a big company came in. It’s a good way to get endorsement in the robotics space. Samsung’s GEMS, which appeared at CES 2021 this week, is arguably the largest product, although it didn’t take much time to announce. It made its debut at CES two years ago and we were able to try it out. The announcement was primarily about the evolution of hardware such as batteries and the upcoming clinical trials. Medical and medical-related fields are indispensable as destinations for products.

But Samsung’s robotics technology, unveiled at this week’s CES, has hardly been a decisive factor in determining the company’s seriousness. At CES in 2020, it was only slightly visible as part of an “immersive training experience.”

Image Credit: Archelis

Smaller companies were showing off attractive products. The first thing that comes to mind is Japan’s Archelis, which exhibited Archelis FX, which was named after the “walking chair” in Japanese. This device is designed for various scenarios. People with low back pain and those who have just undergone surgery also fall into this category. There are rentals, but the company says it can be purchased for 450,000 yen.

Overall, the exo skeletons that appeared at Virtual CES in 2021 were more focused on mobility. As evidence, Sarcos Robotics, which announced a partnership with Delta Air Lines at CES in 2020, was absent. In September 2020, the company raised $ 40 million in a round of funding for the effort.

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Category: Robotics
Tags: Exoskeleton, CES 2021

Image credit: Samsung

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Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.