Low Noise, High Efficiency Hydraulics for Mobile Robots

Period of Performance: 12/10/2013 - 12/09/2014

$996K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Ekso Bionics
1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA 94804
Principal Investigator

Abstract

We propose to develop an exoskeleton device that significantly reduces the load the user bears while introducing a negligible metabolic impact. The proposed device employs a novel approach to the issues associated with excessive loading and represents a significant deviation from previous attempts to meet this need. We will develop a lightweight lower extremity exoskeleton for load carriage assistance at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6. The device will weigh less than 25 lbs, be able to carry more than 100 lbs, include no active power elements, and be tailored fit the operator. Furthermore, we will provide integrated attachments for customized armor so that the exoskeleton will optimally carry the armor weight. By pursing an integrated approach, we will insure that the armor is both well positioned and well supported.