Human in Motion Robotics

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Human in Motion Robotics: Fast Facts

Human in Motion Robotics is a developer and manufacturer of the next generation wearable robotic exoskeleton, XoMotion, for rehabilitation and home use. Our vision is to get people out of wheelchairs and walking again with full-legged mobility and independence.

Major Problem

Individuals who spend considerable time in their wheelchairs suffer from secondary health complications resulting not from their injury, but from sitting in their wheelchair for long hours. Secondary health complications include:

  • Muscle and bone density loss
  • Cardiovascular and circulatory difficulties
  • Bowel, bladder and digestive issues
  • Pressure sores
  • Depression 

Moreover, individuals who are limited to wheelchairs have a lower quality life in general because they:

  • Are unable to work and support their families (only 17% of wheelchair users of working age actually work)
  • Experience the difficulty of not being eye-to-eye with their peers on social occasions
  • Suffer ongoing pain and discomfort from being constrained in a wheelchair, and many wheelchair-constrained people find themselves addicted to opioids and other pain medications

The solution is to get people out of their wheelchairs and moving again.

Exoskeletons -- robotic structures with motors and joints corresponding to human biological joints, which can provide the motions needed to assist people with motion disabilities to stand up and walk -- are a potential solution. But existing exoskeletons only provide one active motion: walking forward. Even in forward walking the hip joint movement is severely limited and the ankle joint is fixed and does not move.

Consequently, users of these exoskeletons do not have all the joint movements to maintain their balance and have to rely on arm support and attendants. More importantly, the users in those exoskeletons cannot walk naturally nor perform complex motions such as turning during walking, turning in place, side-stepping, crouching, climbing stairs and walking on slopes.

We Need A Better Solution

As a result, none of the leading exoskeletons available in the market today offer the user true mobility and independence for daily use primarily due to the requirement for:

  • Considerable upper body strength and both hands of the user to be engaged all of the time with walking sticks/walkers/canes to ensure that the user does not fall
  • Human attendant(s) to walk behind the exoskeleton user for support and to turn the user

In addition, the very robotic and unnatural gait of current exoskeletons can cause secondary complications in the user’s joints and compromise the functional recovery of the user’s neuromuscular system. As a result, the existing products provide an inferior rehabilitation and are impractical for daily use.

WE Are The Solution

The Human in Motion Robotics (HMR) exoskeleton (“XoMotion”) solves these problems by offering vastly superior capability by the virtue of its innovative, novel, and patented joint actuation mechanism that employs a hybrid parallel-serial robotic design paradigm.

This design paradigm efficiently covers all of the Degrees of Freedom (“DOF”) motion required at the hip (3 DOF), knee (1 DOF) and ankle (2 DOF) and helps to reduce the motor sizes while increasing  the torque/speed requirements to support natural biological joint motions. Other exoskeletons only provide limited hip (1 DOF) and knee (1 DOF) actuation.


With the addition of all those DOF, XoMotion is still a compact exoskeleton mainly due to (i) its optimized placement of joints to reduce the torque requirements by the motors and (ii) its custom-made motors that are specifically designed by HMR for this application.

A full DOF and range of motion allows XoMotion to mimic natural and complex gait and provide self-balance capability.

WE Are The Future

The HMR exoskeleton’s unique joint motion operates in such a way that the rotation is centered on the natural center of movement of the user’s biological joints. These joints and motion transfer systems are major aspects of the Company’s intellectual property and patent.

In addition to designing groundbreaking versatile structure of the exoskeleton, HMR has developed advanced motion generation and balancing algorithms to support natural and independent walking. HMR has developed an intelligent sensor feedback system by including force and inertial sensors in the robot to track its state in real-time and autonomously generate a stable gait for the user’s commanded motions.

The Company has developed considerable expertise in designing customized robotic motors. This capability has enabled HMR to develop motors that are optimized for the specific torque and speed requirements of the exoskeleton.

Other exoskeletons typically use off-the-shelf motors that are designed for other industrial and robotic applications and are not very efficient for exoskeleton applications.

The HMR robotic design paradigm results a significant advancement in exoskeleton technology, enabling the generation of natural walking and other complex maneuvers such as turning, side-stepping, stair ascending/descending, sitting, and standing, all without the requirement for arm-supports or a human attendant.

Why We’ll Lead

HMR’s patented hybrid parallel-serial robotic architecture offers fully independent mobility for the first time in exoskeleton products. HMR has leveraged this architecture together with its intelligent motion planning and control algorithms to develop the most advanced exoskeleton in the world.  The algorithms that are developed at HMR would serve little, if any purpose, in current exoskeletons with their very limited functionality of forward-motion-only design architecture.

Combining the HMR innovative full DOF joint mechanism design with intelligent algorithms results in a radical improvement in exoskeleton technology. The HMR exoskeleton incorporates an intelligent self-balancing system so that the user can independently perform all of the maneuvers without the requirement for arm-crutches and human assistants.

Combining patented hardware architecture with intelligent algorithms enables the HMR exoskeleton to mimic natural locomotion and minimize compensatory gait strategies in a manner significantly differentiated from commercially available exoskeletons today, resulting in superior rehabilitation and a true solution for everyday use.

Traction & Accomplishments

HMR's innovations are backed by trade secrets and three patents.

HMR has received a Letter of Intent from the Legion Veterans Village as they develop Canada’s first rehabilitation center of excellence for Veterans and First Responders.

Meet The Team

Brent James MBA 
EXECUTIVE CHAIR

  • 35+ year history of accomplishments in the high-tech field and a solid track record of identifying, analyzing, and developing business opportunities
  • Proven track record in building companies to a successful and rewarding exit for investors, founders, and employees
  • Early employee at MDI Mobile Data International, where James pioneered the marketing of wireless communications into the North American utility industry (acquired by Motorola)
  • Subsequent to MDI, James co-founded MDSI Mobile Data Solutions Inc., a leading provider of wireless workforce management solutions in the utilities and telecommunications industries worldwide
  • MDSI went public on NASDAQ before being taken private in an equity transaction
  • James became the first CEO of Abebooks.com, one of the world’s largest Internet sources of used, rare, and out-of-print books, which was sold Amazon

Siamak Arzanpour PhD, PEng 
CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER

  • Dr. Arzanpour’s expertise is in mechanical design, robotic systems, medical devices, and force feedback (haptic) systems
  • He has extensive experience in developing novel mechanisms with the capacity to implement intelligence for industrial and civil applications
  • For many years he focused on establishing robotic solutions for wearable applications including exoskeleton systems for assisting individuals with motion disabilities

Edward Park PhD, PEng
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER

  • Dr. Park’s expertise include wearable and robotics technologies for physical rehabilitation and medicine
  • He is a leading expert in wearable technology and has authored over 100 journal and conference papers, in addition to 8 patents granted
  • Dr. Park has been highly successful in generating and transferring new intellectual property for multinational corporations such as Intel Corporation and other consumer wearable device companies

Chloe Angus
HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN & USER ENGAGEMENT

  • Angus is a successful entrepreneur and fashion designer
  • Her designs have been worn by many celebrities, including the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton
  • In July of 2015, Angus was paralyzed due to a rare benign tumor in her spinal cord
  • Her strong work ethic, creative mind, and positive spirit helped her continue to run a fast-paced fashion design company while learning to adapt to her new situation
  • Since her injury, Angus has become a keen advocate for wearable robots and the ongoing need for this technology in the everyday lives of people with spinal cord injuries and many others facing mobility challenges

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