Textile Futures: Fashion, Design and Technology By Bradley Quinn

Textile Futures: Fashion, Design and Technology
By Bradley Quinn

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I received an email from a Graduate student from the UK.  He wanted to reference me in a paper he was writing.  He mentioned he had read about me in a text book for his Future Textiles class.  The book Textile Futures: Fashion, Design and Technology By Bradley Quinn .  I just went on Amazon and ordered the book.  Then I began to read….

“A robotic exoskeleton prototype called the Lifesuit (LIFESUIT) is being developed by a medical research association known as They Shall Walk. The Lifesuit was invented in 1986 by Monty Reed, a US Army Ranger. After sustaining a sky-diving injury that left him immobilized, Reed used his personal experience as the basis for designing a wearable robot that could walk for the wearer. By 2003, Reed had advanced the prototype to the extent that it was powered by compressed air and able to record a human gait and then repeat its strides. Reed’s Lifesuit has advanced considerably since then, enabling the wearer to walk at the speed of about 2.5 miles per hour and even ascend and descend stairs. …”

You really need to buy book get the paper version like I did. You will love it and it is a must read for anyone interested in exokeletons, robotics, textiles and new technology.

In the pages of this book you will read about “biosynthetic muscle fibres.. crafted from Nitinal shape memory alloy (aka NiTinol)…”

The author talks about how I continue to research the fibres to “explore the potential to combine live muscle tissue with synthetic fibres”

There is more to the story as I write this we are preparing to expand into a new 7000sf lab facility in the Seattle area were we will be growing the new LIFESUIT biosynthetic muscle fibres. It is very exciting to be continuing this research that was based on dreams and visions that have come true.

More about the background, history and development of the LIFESUIT and my story can be found in the pages of the book “Get STARTED-don’t quit

Available after February 11, 2012. pre order the book today.




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 Photos of the LIFESUIT Robotic Exoskeleton from the They Shall Walk Research Lab located in Seattle Washington, supported by individual donors not government funding or tax dollars.

Wearable Robots Help Paralyzed Warriors Walk Again (repost)


Published December 29, 2011

| FoxNews.com

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/29/wearable-robots-for-wounded-warriors/?test=faces#ixzz1hyDgFcHt

Walking is one of the many things in life that most of us take for granted. Now, for those who can’t, a technological marvel could prove miraculous.

A Defense Department program to develop super-strong soldiers has led to a wearable robot that enables paraplegics to walk.

At 10 leading rehab facilities from Honolulu to Atlanta, Ekso Bionics’ Iron Man-style exoskeletons have been quietly tested over the past year, to resounding success.

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Ekso Bionics Wearable Robot Helps Paraplegics Walk


A defense department program to develop super-strong soldiers leads to a wearable robot capable of helping paraplegics walk. Sound like a comic book? Nope. It’s real. Read more


Power assisted walking

Simply put, the exoskeleton is a wearable robot that allows a wheelchair user to stand up and walk. It could be a game-changer not only for wounded warriors with spinal cord injuries, but for people with multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, lower extremity weakness or paralysis due to neurological disease or spinal injury.

Wheelchairs have been the go-to solution for more than 1,500 years – the 2002 census estimated 2.8 million U.S. citizens rely on them — but now Ekso Bionics is literally revolutionizing this space. Its ultimate goal: a robot that is as easy to wear as a pair of jeans, one that requires not only innovative engineering but biomechanics advancements and cyborg-type research.

“Making a robot itself is difficult enough. To add that to the body and put it on like a pair of jeans is a whole other level,” Ekso Bionics CEO Eythor Bender said at a March TEDMed conference in Long Beach, Calif.

The exoskeleton has four electric motors that replicate a person’s hips and knees. Fifteen sensors are networked with a computer that sits on the user’s back and acts as a “brain.” A battery pack provides four hours of endurance.

While users learn to walk with the exoskeleton — for some, it is quite literally their first steps — physical therapists hold a remote control to assist, support and guide them. The Ekso is designed to make the gait as natural as possible, which is particularly important for users who are relearning how to walk.

The exoskeleton can be modified to fit a person ranging from 5-foot-2 to 6-foot-2, with a maximum weight of 220 pounds. While there are some contraindications, many are capable of passing the medical screening and evaluation to use the device, the company has said.

In its current phase, a candidate must have the upper body strength to transfer from a wheelchair to a regular chair and to balance with crutches.

The next stage involves artificial intelligence and the user going solo. With that model, he’ll be able to initiate a step by leading with his arms and crutches and driving the opposite foot forward. The Ekso’s brain identifies body movement signals and converts them into movement of the exoskelton’s “hips” and “knees.”

This next generation will be available for trial within the next six months; it is currently undergoing clinical trials at the Kessler Institute.

Founded in 2005, Ekso Bionics created both the ExoHiker, which allows a user carrying up to 200 pounds to run over a range of challenging terrain, and the ExoClimber, which is designed to move the same payload up stairs and steep slopes quickly.

The Department of Defense quickly cottoned to the exoskeleton’s potential and sponsored the Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) program. In 2009 HULC was licensed by Lockheed Martin for further military development.

HULC works without a joystick: A computer matches its movement to the direction of its user, allowing crawling, upper body lifting and deep squats while preventing lower back injuries. This past summer a ruggedized version called the HULCTM began biomechanical testing at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Mass.

Of course, a soldier on the hunt for a super exoskeleton has different needs than a civilian who wants to get out of a wheelchair. In collaboration with the medical partners and a design team, Ekso has been tailoring the military-inspired technology for the civilian.

Electronics replace the super soldier’s hydraulics, since civilians have lesser carrying needs. Reducing weight and making the exoskeleton smaller are ongoing design goals.

But ultimately, users require tools that can be mastered. Ekso is not quite ready to be taken home, but it’s getting close.

Ekso Bionics started collaborating with the leading U.S. rehabilitation providers and is now expanding into Europe, teaming with some of the world’s best there. In October the company demonstrated its exoskeleton at the London International Technology Show and announced that it would be available in the United Kingdom next year.

The price tag is high: The exoskeleton currently costs $150,000 — hardly ideal, but not unexpected for cutting-edge technology of this sort.

From amping the power of super soldiers to giving paraplegics back the ability to walk, Ekso Bionics is one little company that helps us remember how challenging even a “simple” task like walking can be.

Ballet dancer turned defense specialist Allison Barrie has traveled around the world covering the military, terrorism, weapons advancements and life on the front line. You can reach her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Allison_Barrie

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/29/wearable-robots-for-wounded-warriors/?test=faces#ixzz1hyE4mgWV

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Because of supporters like you, we have created and cultivated a new field in science.  Heinlein created the exoskeleton concept in his book “Starship Troopers” 

You can read about the story behind the LIFESUIT and the develpment of exoskeletons in the new book “Get STARTED-don’t quit” by Monty K Reed




Get STARTED-don’t quit

“Get STARTED-don’t quit!” by Monty K Reed $12.99 book Released February 2012 (Retail value $12.99)

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The first 200 copies were autographed and numbered.  Buy them today give them away as gifts to motivate and inspire; employees, family and friends.Get STARTED-don’t quit” is the first book written by the founder of They Shall Walk, Monty K Reed who overcame mental disability and physical disability to achieve the dream of the LIFESUIT robotic exoskeleton becoming a reality.

An excerpt from “Get STARTED-don’t quit” by Monty K Reed
My First Job and My First Business at Age Seven.
“In this candy store, I discovered that there was a generic candy that just happened to fit in the Pez dispensers and it was only two cents. At the time, a Pez refill was a dime. So I invested my dime and bought five of those candies, and then I put a private label on it and resold them for a nickel.”…Shortlink for this page http://theyshallwalk.org/?p=1129
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Thank you to Stacy, for being my friend, my wife, my love,my life. Thank you Tony, Ciara and Isaac, for being my amazing kids. Thank you to all my friends and family for supporting my vision to give the gift of walking to the world. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have come and gone, with a special thanks to the ones who have stuck around through hard times. Thanks editors: Amy, Andre, Cassie, David, Heather, Kathy & Mark.

Thank You, Decade Club: David Moody, Doug Bell & Charlie. There have been so many volunteers over the years I can not list them all here. There are so many sponsors and donors that I can not list them all here either. A special “thank you” to some of our biggest supporters:NASA                        Microsoft                     Underwater Sports                        Boeing                                 DivaEspresso     University of Washington                    FORD                            University of Michigan                      Sears  Rotary International                         University of Saint Louis                       Vitality Specific Chiropractic  Event Logistics of Washington                 Serena Software          Cypress Semiconductor

The Rotary Club of Shoreline & the Rotary Club of Vellore India

Thank you Sam’s Club / Walmart for sponsoring the Exercise Partners Program in over twenty five cities, finding volunteers who help paralyzed people to exercise weekly.

Names have been changed to protect the guilty and the innocent.

Why I wrote this book

I was told by the experts my mind was not good enough for college. Today I have a college degree and I graduated with honors. The experts told me my body was no good when I broke my back. On bad days I can not walk or get out of bed; on good days I can ride my bicycle a hundred miles. Over the last two and a half decades I have traveled and told my story to thousands of people. You all have asked me to write a book . Last year my book draft had reached over a thousand pages. This book is a brief overview of that thousand page manuscript. Many of these chapters will become individual books over the next few years, so let me know what you want to read about next.

It is my hope that these stories will motivate you as it has the thousands of people who have heard the stories told by me in person.

A few months ago I met an author, Black Buffalo (Ray Wilson) who was speaking at Philadelphia Church in Seattle. I had read his books and heard him speak before. On his way out I spoke to him about writing and he encouraged me. Black Buffalo prayed with me and told me that I should write my first book NOW. You hold in your hand the first edition of my first book “Get STARTED-don’t quit!” Thank you for reading this book.

Please feel free to let me know if you catch any errors in the book emailing it to me.

monty   AT   theyshallwalk.org or call (206) 250-5639

You can write to: Monty K Reed 3411 Alaska Road, Brier WA 98036 USA

The LIFESUIT Robotic Exoskeleton: the gift of walking (from chapter 1)

The organization now includes doctors, nurses, therapists, engineers, technicians and high school and college students. Most of them work together at the Seattle headquarters facility that has just expanded to ten thousand square feet. There are several sites around the country and in other parts of the world where researchers are working to advance the technology of the LIFESUIT robotic exoskeleton. They Shall Walk is a non-profit medical research organization committed to developing technology that will improve the quality of life of paralyzed people. The LIFESUIT is the main project; however it is not the only one. 

They Shall Walk is also developing other technology such as integrated robotics systems that help around the kitchen, the home and the workplace. Other technology is being developed to help patients transfer from wheelchairs to the LIFESUIT and back and forth to a seat, a commode, shower, desk chair or a bed. Other simple therapy devices are being developed as well that include passive exercise for single joints. Anything you may could imagine or read about in science fiction that could improve a paralyzed persons life you may hear about at They Shall Walk, all we do is make science fiction real. 

The LIFESUIT has a joystick controller allowing anyone who can drive a powered wheelchair to drive a LIFESUIT. If the FDA approval process cost is similar to the two-wheeled balancing wheelchair it will run about twenty million dollars before paralyzed people in the United States will be able to use this system here. We are raising that money and you can help by making a donation or volunteering your time as an attorney, paralegal, doctor, therapist or a nurse. Other countries have already tentatively approved the LIFESUIT therapy and people will be able to travel to places like India to learn to walk again. They Shall Walk has formed a partnership with a teaching hospital medical college in India. Through this partnership, They Shall Walk and the college estimate that only $250,000 needs to be raised to facilitate the installation of the first LIFESUIT. Additional LIFESUIT will be added for approximately $100,000 per therapy device. Each LIFESUIT could service twenty or more patients each week. 

The next step will be delivering the LIFESUIT to the world with the new twenty thousand square foot Institute facility in Seattle. It will take approximately $14 million to get set up and will allow the distribution of the LIFESUIT with more research internships and research jobs. After the therapy model is installed at one thousand sites around the world, They Shall Walk will focus on delivering the home use model that can be used around the house and the workplace. Eventually there will be an everyday model that will be a complete optional replacement for the standard wheelchair. 

They Shall Walk has developed a hybrid system that incorporates the best of the the wheelchair and the LIFESUIT exoskeleton together. A paralyzed person can drive the LIFESUIT wheelchair around and when they come to an obstacle or they want to walk for exercise they simply push a button and the LIFESUIT stands up and the wheels fold up like landing gear. When they are ready to roll they push another button and the wheels deploy and the system converts back into a wheelchair. The home use model is the best of both worlds, people will have mobility and passive exercise based therapy at the same time.

All they need to do is exercise and live their lives while they benefit at the same time…..