The concept of exoskeletons that can either augment a human’s strength for lifting heavy objects, or ones that help people injured in accidents to walk again, has been around for decades. But until recently, the high costs, heavy weight and other obstacles have prevented the technology from taking off.
New advances in design, power, weight, and materials are enabling growth in the exoskeleton market. ABI Research recently predicted that global revenue for exoskeletons will reach $5.8 billion in 2028, with more than 300,000 units sold. An aging population, coupled with large industries developing injury protection systems for their workers, are among the growth drivers for exoskeletons.
In this webcast, Robotics Business Review Editor Keith Shaw is joined by Peter van Beek and Otto Ineichen from maxon motor, which has developed a new exoskeleton drive joint actuator. In addition to providing an overview of the exoskeleton market, the three will discuss the development of the exoskeleton drive, including:
- History of the device
- Components used to create the joint actuator
- Design challenges for exoskeleton developers
- Future considerations of actuator design and how they will change.
Robotics company leaders, engineers, roboticists and others can learn about the steps to take when designing an exoskeleton joint actuator.
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