Indego® Exoskeleton Wins POPULAR MECHANICS Breakthrough Award
Device That Allows Paralyzed Individuals to Walk Honored as Top Innovation of
CLEVELAND, Oct. 11, 2013
CLEVELAND, Oct. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE:
PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced
that the team behind its Indego exoskeleton device has won a 2013 POPULAR
MECHANICS Breakthrough Innovator Award, which recognizes innovators whose work
will make the world smarter, safer and more efficient.
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Indego is a personal mobility system that is controlled with postural changes
as gyroscopes and accelerometers sense the user's balance. This "wearable
robot" serves as a mechanical brace for the lower limbs, providing torque, or
rotating power, to the hips and knees for walking. A proprietary control
interface allows for smooth operation that works in harmony with natural human
movement and body position. At just 27 pounds (12.25 kilograms), it is half
the weight of other exoskeletons, and has a slim profile and modular design
that can be quickly assembled and dis-assembled for ease of use and
"I am incredibly proud to lead the development of Indego and congratulate the
entire team on this exciting win," said Achilleas Dorotheou, Vice President
and Head, Human Motion & Control Business Unit for Parker Hannifin. "I thank
Vanderbilt University, Shepherd Center and our clinical trial patients for
their partnership, and look forward to exploring where the technology can take
us in the future."
The ninth annual POPULAR MECHANICS Breakthrough Awards distinguish winners in
fields such as technology, medicine, space exploration and automotive design.
Innovators are honored for their inventions that improve the world in new
ways, and products are awarded for leading their industries in design and
"Parker is committed to developing products and technologies that solve some
of the world's most pressing challenges, transforming the way we work, live
and prosper globally," said Craig Maxwell, Vice President and Chief Technology
& Innovation Officer for Parker Hannifin. "Indego is an example of that,
providing people with spinal cord injuries, stroke, and multiple sclerosis a
new level of independence."
The honorees will be recognized in the November issue of POPULAR MECHANICS,
available on newsstands on October 15, and also celebrated at a day-long
conference and gala awards ceremony at Hearst Tower in New York City on
To learn more about Indego, visit: http://www.indego.com.
About Parker Hannifin Corporation
With annual sales of $13 billion in fiscal year 2013, Parker Hannifin is the
world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies
and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of
mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately
58,000 people in 49 countries around the world. For more information, visit
the company's web site at www.parker.com.
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SOURCE Parker Hannifin Corporation
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