EVO Vest Addresses Challenges of the Industrial Worker

There are many challenges facing the industrial worker, from fatigue to heat exposure to repetitive motion.

To address those concerns, we have created EVO, the result of three years of intense testing, research and market feedback. Making improvements to the design, manufacturing, and ergonomics, EVO was designed to deliver an exceptional user experience for workers of all trades and sizes.

EVO is the next evolution of EksoVest, a durable, naturally-tracking, and assistive exoskeleton vest. EVO is an endurance-boosting assistive upper body exoskeleton designed to alleviate the burden of repetitive work, the next generation of industrial exoskeletons by Ekso Bionics, an industry leader in exoskeleton technology for medical and industrial use.

In a nutshell, EVO is a passive, spring-loaded assistive upper-body exoskeleton which helps workers better manage overhead work. Not only does it reduce fatigue and shoulder and back muscle strain, it also reduces or eliminates work-related injuries to the neck, shoulder, and back. With this vest, you get five to 15 pounds of lift assistance in each arm in order to better elevate and alleviate the daily strain on workers across all industries.

On top of our new product, we have also launched a new website to highlight the benefits of EVO. Ekso believes every injury is preventable. Therefore, our mission is to eliminate worker injuries. The best way to do that is to be well equipped in the workplace with the equipment necessary for optimal safety.

Benefits of EVO Vest: Providing Power Without the Pain

Whether you work in construction, manufacturing or food production, safety in everyday work should be a priority. And yes, we aim to reduce worker injuries, but at the same time, we want to increase productivity and efficiency.

  • Reduces worker fatigue
  • Improves health and endurance
  • Full day of wear without any down time
  • Boosts productivity
  • Elevates worker morale and retention
  • Exoskeleton design is more comfortable and cool to wear than a backpack, particularly in hot environments
  • Lightweight
  • Provides full range of motion while providing proper joint alignment
  • Adjustable, high-force actuators 
  • Requires no additional batteries, charging, or electrical power of any kind
  • Assistive power can be easily activated and asymmetrically controlled by a toggle switch on each shoulder
  • Requires minimal maintenance
  • Enhances workmanship and output
  • Covered under a limited warranty for one year. 
  • Includes flexible acquisition model so businesses can easily adopt EVO for their workers with a high ROI
  • Less bulky than previous versions
  • Effortless extended use, with minimal touch points that keep you cool 
  • Data backed: quality guaranteed and built around field data
Full Range of Motion

Working in a high-heat, high-intensity environment for many hours at a time with repetitive movements can lead to high incidents of worker injury. To combat that, EVO’s patented stacked-link structure will follow the user’s arm through the full range of motion while at the same time ensuring proper joint alignment. Extreme positions become unrestricted, allowing the user to seamlessly reach directly overhead, across their body, or even into their back pocket for their phone.

Full Flexibility

Full flexibility is imperative in this kind of work environment. EVO features shoulder support structures that allow for full flexibility of the user’s torso and waist, especially when they have to twist and bend. The result is a completely natural experience, whereby the user’s back is totally free of structure. This allows for unrestricted airflow and leaves plenty of room for a fall harness. 

Best part of EVO is that it’s designed to contact the user’s body only where absolutely essential while remaining firmly in place throughout use. What the user gets is a more comfortable and cool experience, especially in hot environments.

Full Day of Wear

With no need for batteries, charging, or electrical power, EVO gives you a full day of wear without any down time. Thanks to its assistive power capabilities, it can be easily activated and asymmetrically controlled via a toggle switch in place on each shoulder. This allows you to take the vest on and off without additional help. In fact, most workers can put their EVO on in less than one minute. As you can see, there are several benefits to the EVO vest as it works to reduce fatigue and muscle and joint pain.

Contact Ekso Bionics

To learn more about how EVO can benefit your workers in your particular industry, contact us at 510-984-1761 or request a free demo online. 

Young Mother Finds Her ‘New Normal’ After Stroke

As a mother of three active boys and working three jobs, it’s no secret that Amelia Clark, at 38, is a hard worker.

With no time left in her day to be ill, it was an unwelcome surprise when she started to feel sick at her local salon. Developing a sudden headache, she was soon unable to stand or walk. Emergency services were called, as Amelia remained baffled as to what was happening to her.

After she arrived at the emergency room, Amelia learned she had suffered a right-sided stroke. The process of stabilization began right away, preparing her for a move to rehabilitation a week later. Amelia chose to go to MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital because it had earned The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification in Stroke Rehabilitation.

Upon admission for rehabilitation, Amelia’s MidAmerica team and staff members welcomed her with warmth and care. As she moved forward on her new journey, Amelia’s therapists went to extra lengths to make sure she felt safe and comfortable. For extra motivation, she leaned on support from her mother, children, church family and friends. She remained positive and smiled, inspiring other patients to do the same. She even created a rap song about her experiences and MidAmerica to help her and others feel empowered on the road to recovery.

Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses took the time to explain the changes she was experiencing after her stroke and assured her she was in the best place for recovery.

As part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program, therapists used advanced technologies like Biodex FreeStep and Bioness to elevate her progress. They also used the cutting-edge Ekso to promote early mobilization.

“The technology at MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital was amazing,” Amelia said.

After 38 days of her commitment to a positive outcome, Amelia was discharged home, walking on her own with a hemi walker. She can now drive and is active in educating others on her story. Amelia has started a stroke support group called SSS, which means stroke surviving sisters.

“Now, in outpatient, my therapists are kind and patient, but also challenge me. MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital is now my family.”

Amelia is the newest Ambassador for Ekso Bionics, using both EksoNR and EksoUE in her stroke recovery. Learn more about Amelia’s story in this video

To learn more about EksoNR, request a demo today.