wearable robot arm (exoskeleton)

I'm looking for a wearable robot arm similar to something like this:
http://brl.ee.washington.edu/Research_Active/Exoskeleton/Device_03/Exoskeleton_03.html
except this one isnt done yet...
Is there anything like this actually commercially avaliable yet?
Thanks
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

http://brl.ee.washington.edu/Research_Active/Exoskeleton/Device_03/Exoskeleton_03.html
Nope.
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Nothing at all? Not even something less sophisticated with less DOF?
Chris S. wrote:

this:
http://brl.ee.washington.edu/Research_Active/Exoskeleton/Device_03/Exoskeleton_03.html
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

You should probably email them and ask since they probably know everything that's available.
Mitch
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    --Might want to keep an eye on the Tetsujin contest held by Servo magazine. I suspect that what's happening in the USA is probably a pale shadow of what's been accomplished in Japan and other countries though..
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There seems to be a lot of research going on in this area (exoskeletons) lately, especially for military applications, but almost all of it involves full body exoskeletons, not a single arm. (Obviously, a single arm will require the user's body to support not only the weight of their own arm and the exoskeleton arm, but also any load that is picked up, making a single arm design VERY limited in it's applications.) Personally, the only real use I can think of for a single arm design would be for medical/physical therapy applications.
RoboNexus had their Tetsujin 2004 contest Oct 21-23 in Santa Clara, CA. Tetsujin is an exoskeleton weight lifting contest. Servo Magazine had a 2 page article in their December 2004 issue about it which might be helpful to you. It had a lot of pictures as well as the names of the people who made the devices.
~WEC

http://brl.ee.washington.edu/Research_Active/Exoskeleton/Device_03/Exoskeleton_03.html
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Not to be a dork, but SERVO had their tetsujin contest at Robonexus...

http://brl.ee.washington.edu/Research_Active/Exoskeleton/Device_03/Exoskeleton_03.html
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Here is the reason I want something like this:
Really, any robot arm could work if it had the right features, but these wearable robots seem to be the closest so far...
I want a user to be able to grab the hand of the robot arm, and move it with ease to a location. While it is moved, I wish to keep track of the trajectory taken, and then have the robot repeat the motion on its own at a later time.
The hard part is finding a robot arm that will allow someone to move it manually (i.e. using physical force, not a pendant or a computer program). So far, these wearable arms seem to be the only ones that can do that...
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    --Go to omnicircus.com and follow the links to Carl Pisaturo's page. He's built a "waldo" to teach a robot how to do move he enters by "hand". Very neat and fun to watch...
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

http://brl.ee.washington.edu/Research_Active/Exoskeleton/Device_03/Exoskeleton_03.html
I'd like to see what the failsafe is in these things... have you ever seen a manipulator do a "hard over" when the feedback fails?
While you can trash your work area with the "hard over" it's a different game when your attached to the manipulator and in the line of attack! Regardless of the physical stops built into a system I don't think I'd be keen to attach myself to these things.
regards, colin
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