Exoskeletons are wearable devices which are used to enhance the physical competency of the wearer. By overcoming the physical limitations, these wearable machines assist limb movements with better strength and help the wearer perform various tasks. Exoskeletons can be powered with electric motors, actuators, pneumatics, sensors, hydraulics, levers or a combination of technologies or it can be completely passive. The use of exoskeletons to improve the quality of life of the people with mobility disorders in the medical field is on the rise.
Usually, exoskeletons used in the medical field are modular and lightweight which allows the user to independently put on and remove each piece smoothly. Further, market players are coming up with exoskeletons which can be utilized by patients with spinal cord injury or rehabilitation of stroke.
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Exoskeleton devices are also used in mobility aids and rehabilitation patients with physical and neurological disorders. Some military class exoskeletons are powered by fuel cells, and internal combustion engine or batteries which helps military personnel to carry heavy objects and also supports and protects the human body.
Growth in demand from the healthcare industry and significant advancements in robotic technologies are some of the key factors expected to drive the exoskeletons market over the forecast period from 2017 to 2025. Adoption of exoskeletons in the healthcare industry to treat and cure disorders such as paralysis, muscular dystrophy, and general fatigue is gaining momentum.
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Major technological breakthroughs by OEMs in robotic technologies are also expected to give a push to the exoskeleton market. In March 2016, Japanese multinational, Panasonic Corporation launched a pair of exoskeleton suits built with new robotic technology to be used for industrial purposes, and to help disabled people. The suits come with a motor equipped robot, created from sensors and advanced motion control technologies.
High costs associated with devices and stringent government regulations pertaining to the use of exoskeletons in the medical sector are likely to be limiting factors for market growth. Implementation of exoskeletons and associated technologies in commercial health insurance plans by insurance providers presents huge opportunity for market growth.
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The market is segmented on the basis of component, type, application, and region. On the basis of component, the global exoskeleton market is subdivided into hardware and software.
By type, the market is classified into full body exoskeleton, lower body exoskeleton, and upper body exoskeleton. On the basis of application, the market is segmented into industrial, military, healthcare and others.
Geographically, the global exoskeleton market is segmented into North America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific (APAC), and South America. Expected strong adoption rate of exoskeleton devices in Asian countries to help aged population especially in China, Japan, and India, APAC region is expected to contribute to substantial revenue share during the forecast period.
Some of the key players in the global exoskeleton market are Cyberdyne Inc., Bionik Laboratories Corp., GOGOA Mobility Robots, Ekso Bionics, B-Temia Inc., Focal Meditech, DIH Technologies Corporation, ReWalk Robotics, Ottobock, and SuitX.
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