An exoskeletal device is a hardware interface that provides additional structural support to augment the skeleton whilst it is being worn.
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NASA have unveiled their prototype X1 exoskeletal frame and trainer device. Unlike most exoskeletons, the key feature of this exceedingly bulky one, is that it can be used for training, just as well as enhanced walking. It is designed to inhibit muscle movement as well as enhance it; optionally forcing the wearer to work much harder for every movement.
ReWalk iss an exoskeletal framework, based in part on recent robot gait algorithms. Its primary purpose is to allow wheelchair users to walk again - even if their own legs no-longer work.
The Media Vehicle, is a serious take on VR interfacing, however it is not a serious commercial device. The unit is, for lack of a better phrase, an ?art tool?. It exists to showcase what is currently possible in 2009, not as a device which expects a practical market.
With the current surge in uses of the iphone as a distributed computing device, and several industries, most notably medical healthcare taking it up in increasing numbers, there has not been a better time to learn to code this small, sleek device.
The GeneZ device is an extremely low-cost field diagnosis unit for telehealth in the developing world. Designed to identify cancer and a host of other diseases, and to run indefinately, outside the power grid.
A new concept on eye tracking, does two things. Firstly, it integrates both concepts into one device, by registering eye movement through the simple expedient of tracking pupil movement via machine vision, and mounting the tracking camera on the rear frame of the device.
In a paradigm where overcoming physical constraints is key, a webcam may seem a very odd VR interface device. However, what lays true for one section of individuals, dows not always lay true for another. The PS2?s EyeToy has done much in the cause of using physical body form as an input device.
Originally designed with Olympic events in mind, the INCA camera is a tiny recording device that is also perhaps the first SimStim device in existence. It is capable of interfacing with any body area network to record metadata of temperature, heart rate, breathing, potentially even mood of the subject on screen, and transferring that data directly onto the video file itself, as additional data.
Java Virtual Environment Device Interfaces or JVEDI are specialised driver interfaces, written in Java, to allow VRML based VR worlds to access more advanced interface devices. The JVEDI project was last active in 2000, at the height of VRML usage, however the drivers still exist today, courtesy of the Visualisation and Virtual Reality Group.
A previous news snippet from 11/09/2003, looking at the Heliodisplay, a device for projecting Star-Wars like holograms into mid-air.
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A new exoskeletal frame from MIT takes a different tack to usual. This one does not make it easier for the muscles to move, it makes it easier to carry a large weight.
With obvious implications for construction, and military ...
A study undertaken by two researchers at the University of Michigan in the United States, suggests that patients who have neuromuscular problems and spinal injuries are likely to greatly benefit from using robotic joints.
Augmented reality devices are evolving faster than ever it seems, now Japanese electronics firm NEC has developed a handheld device, tht functions exactly like a 'star trek' translator - translates between languages without the user havin...
Researchers have developed a hand-held device that maps out the fastest route for you to get all your shopping done - and tells you where to find the best bargains.
The device, developed by Javier Bajo at the University of Sa...
The first commercial device using a flexible screen which scrolls out from the side of a device no wider than a mobile phone, extending to three times that width, will go on sale in Italy later this year.
Billed as a PDA, ele...