Timeline

This Time-line shows the past, present and future of the LIFESUIT Robotic Exoskeleton and the events that the founder, Monty K Reed went through.  The future time-line is estimated and based on funding.  The budget for 2009 was $150k  however less than 10% of that came in.   Since the financial changes in 2008 it has been a blessing to even still have the doors open as a non profit.  The amazing thing that God has done is allowed us to expand from 2000 square feet in 2008 to a new 3000 square foot building in 2009.  And now in 2013 we are adding another 7000 square feet making the facility 10,000 where the technology can continue to advance, students continue to be mentored and members of the community are served, educated and informed.  Volunteers made up for the lack of funding by sweat equity and hard work.

  • 1986 Hospitalized from a parachute accident while serving in the US Army Rangers
    • The Book “Starship Troopers” by Robert Heinlein
    • Visions and Dreams about the development of the LIFESUIT
    • Miraculous Recovery
  • 1987 Released from the Hospital and Medical Discharge from the Army
    • Treatment at the Veterans Hospital in Seattle
    • Job laying on the floor of a convenience store doing the books
    • Retail Sporting Goods Store started in his Dad’s basement
    • North Seattle Community College Identifies his learning disability
  • 1988 President of Phi Theta Kappa honor society,  AEO chapter
    • Representative in Student Government at NSCC
    • First computer class
  • 1989 Complications from the parachute accident cause him to drop out of college
  • 1990 Rehabilitation became a full time endeavor
  • 1994 Japan Health Research Institute JHRI helps his body relax
    • He becomes a consultant for JHRI
    • Becomes a business consultant training others on JHRI technology, sales and training.
    • Begins in Service Trainings Internationally
  • 1995 Basic Horse Wellness program began
    • International Training Clinics and Training Seminars
  • 1998 Semi Retirement to a 75 Acre Horse Estate in Monroe, WA
  • 2000 Sold the Horse Estate and everything else to start They Shall Walk
  • 2001 Re enrolled in NSCC
    • Set up North Seattle Robotics Group
    • Recruited the first volunteers:
    • Doug Bell, Chance Burris, Charlie Hölzschuh (Still with us today)
    • Began They Shall Walk as a non-profit business.
    • LIFESUIT prototypes 1-12
  • 2005 World Record for Walking in Robot Suits Land Speed Distance
  • 2006 LIFESUIT prototype 13
  • Monty Reed Recognized as a NASA Space Grant Scholar
  • 2007 LIFESUIT prototype 14
  • 2008 LIFESUIT prototype 15 Development
  • 2009 Further development of LIFESUIT 15
    • Further Development of LIFESUIT 16
    • Relocation to New Lab in Georgetown, Washington 3,200 sf
    • Additional chapters of They Shall Walk open up in the Bay area
  • 2010 Planning for medical trials
    • Development of the LIFESUIT prototype LS15B
    • Exploration trip to Vellore India to work with CMC hospital staff and set up task force
    • Development of the RescueSuit for firefighters
    • Community Partnership with Bayview Retirement Facility and others
  • 2011 Partnership with Christian Medical College in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India continues with development of the LIFSUIT specifically for India.  The beginning of the “consumer approval” process begins against the druthers of the FDA.
  • 2012 Exoskeletons tested in hospitals
  • 2013 Thousands of paralyzed persons travel to India to walk in a LIFESUIT
  • 2013 FDA sanctions the LIFESUIT “Consumer Approved” and it is available everywhere
  • 2014 RehabSuit in use in hospitals as part of a wide spread medical trial
    • LIFESUIT in use in exercise gyms.
    • LIFESUIT  demonstrated on national television with a paralyzed person dancing.
    • LIFESUIT LS17 developed for use to be worn under clothing.
  • 2013 Development of the HomeSuit LIFESUIT
    • New lab facility grand opening 10,000 square feet
    • Open House events resume.
    • Lab Tours Resume
    • Perfecting of the LIFESUIT prototype LS17
  • 2015 Home Use LIFESUIT
    • Development of biosynthetic fibers result in progress in a functional Muscle Fiber Suit prototype being tested.
    • Biosynthetic muscle research results in low cost meat for starving nations and Mars space program.
  • 2020 Biosynthetic Muscle Fiber LIFESUIT that can be worn under clothing
  • 2025 Quadriplegics LIFESUIT
    • LIFESUITs allow millions of paralyzed to return to work

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