Press & Media Coverage

eLEGS™

eLEGS is an exoskeleton system that allows paraplegics and those with mobility disorders to stand and walk. These powered exoskeletons allow wearers to walk upright with little physical exertion.  See abstract here.  ME graduate students and Berkeley Bionic interns Katie Strausser and Tim Swift worked on the two most critical components of eLEGS.   Katie Strausser (PhD Candidate) has developed the human machine interface for eLEGS.  Her interface is a hardware and software package which uses natural human motion to safely translate the user’s intent into the required exoskeleton action.  Tim Swift (PhD Candidate) developed the control algorithm for eLEGS and implemented it on the exoskeleton micro computer. His research focuses on using sensory information from eLEGS to determine how to execute a specified action such as sitting, walking or turning in the face of unknowns, e.g., terrain conditions, encountered by the users of eLEGS.  Independent functioning for eLEGS users is paramount, so the graduate students’ goal in their research has been to create a controller and a human machine interface that enables users to put on and take off the device by themselves as well as walk, turn, sit down, and stand up unaided.  This collaboration between UC Berkeley and Berkeley Bionics is a successful model of industry-university work to bring critical technologies to end users.  Under medical supervision, eLEGS will initially be used in rehabilitation centers. Clinical trials will begin early 2011 with a limited release scheduled for mid-2011.

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Recent News on eLEGS™

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Time Magazine

eLEGS is selected as #2 of the 10 Most Significant Gadgets of 2010 by WIRED magazine!  See the article here:

Wired 10 Most Significant Gadgets of 2010







TIME Magazine names eLEGS one of the best 50 inventions of 2010.









CNN reports: “eLEGS exoskeleton makes TIME’s Best 50 Inventions of the Year”

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Here you will find numerous articles that mention our labaratory. Click on the magazine cover thumbnails to view each article. Additional articles can be found below, in the BLEEX article collection.

Magazine: New York Times Magazine
Article: The Year in Ideas : Exoskeleton Strength











“Strap [BLEEX] on, and a load once backbreaking suddenly feels no heavier than a couple of copies of the Sunday paper… “

Magazine: Science News
Article: Dance with Robots











“The military is betting millions that technology can turn soldiers into superhumans… “

Magazine: New Scientist
Article: Power DRESSNG











“Doing some of the legwork, quite literally, is Homi Kazerooni. He’s a veteran of many walking robot projects at the Human Engineering Lab he runs at the University of California at Berkeley… “

Magazine: Discover
Article: Really Special Forces











“A powered exoskeleton could transform the average joe into a supersoldier … “


Print Press Articles

This table has links to print press articles — photocopied and saved as PDF
Name of Press
PDF
Albuquerque Tribune
AutomatiseringGids
Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Republic
The Berkeleyan
Citrus County Chronicle
The Daily Cal
Der Spiegel
Enterprise Record
Grand Rapids Press
Greenville News
Herald
Houston Chronicle
Janesville Gazette
Journal News
La Porte IN
Little Rock AR
MFDNES
Nevada Appeal
The New Scientist
News Week
New York Times
NRCH Andelsblad
Portales News Tribune
San Francisco Chronicle
San Jose Mercury News
Stuart News
The Post-Intelligencer
Tucson Citizen
Vancouver Sun
Redding, CA Local News
PC Magazine
Popular Science
Small Times
Jane’s Defense Weekly




Online Articles

This table offers a direct link to each online article, as well as a PDF version fo the article.
If a certain direct link no longer exists, simply use the PDF.

Name of Press
Direct URL
PDF
Prism Magazine
ABC News
N/A
Wired.com
MSNBC
CNN
N/A
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
CBS News
Arizona Daily Star
N/A
Silicon Valley
Seattle Times
FOX News
N/A
New Scientist
The San Diego Union Tribune
N/A
The Miami Herald
N/A
Houston Chronicle
N/A
Rocky Mountain News
N/A
The Register
USA Today
The Argus
N/A
KRON4
N/A
CNEWS
N/A
Detroit News
N/A
L.A. Daily News
N/A
BBC News
Daily Californian
N/A
Ergonomics Today
Technovelgy
Arizona Republic
N/A
Spectrum IEEE
N/A
Betterhumans
N/A
Redding
N/A
Tacoma News Tribune
N/A
Ekonomist
N/A
St. Petersburg Times
St. Augustine
Kids News Room
N/A
Current Online
N/A
Science Daily
Focus
N/A
Engadget
N/A
Slashdot
PC Magazine (05/04/04)
East Bay Express
N/A
PC Magazine (07/13/04)