Medical Imaging & Informatics


Robotic Exoskeletons: Roadmapping and Impact Analysis

Physical Rehabilitation Drive Growth Opportunities
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Published: 31 Dec 2018

Increased awareness and research initiatives of robotics technologies improving human life and intelligence have created opportunities for robotic exoskeleton manufacturers’ to discover a wide range of applications across various industry sectors. Efficient human-robot interaction, reduced footprint, ease of integration, reprogramming ability, and creation of flexible environment are encouraging advancements in robotic exoskeletons. Robotic platforms are expected to have a key role in driving automation. Apart from automating the working environment, the adoption of exoskeletons will ease humans associated with dangerous and hazardous tasks. In the healthcare industry, robotic exoskeletons are expected to play a key role in offering effective physical rehabilitation and elderly care solutions. Research focus areas include: development of robotic exoskeletons for limb and fall control, joint movement assistance, methods of communication and control mechanisms, human machine interface, user synchronization, and pressure detection. The scope of this technology and innovation report is limited to robotic exoskeletons based on its applicability in healthcare, manufacturing, military and construction sector. This report focuses on providing a snapshot on the key impact of exoskeletons from a sector, social, and economic level. A global patent and funding assessment on the technology development is included in the report along with key innovations and growth opportunities for robotic exoskeletons. A global analysis on the current development of robotic exoskeleton technologies was done to assess the disruptive opportunities of exoskeletons. Key questions addressed in the research service: 1. What are the key emerging applications which will have a high impact in the adoption of robotic exoskeletons? 2. What are the benefits and challenges of robotic exoskeletons? 3. What are the key innovations impacting technology development? 4. What are the patent trends witnessed in the robotic exoskeleton area? 5. What are the key focus areas of technology development? 6. What are future growth opportunities?

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