The credit for this product goes to a Québec-based mobility robotics technology firm, B-Temia; a firm that develops and manufactures robotic technologies for the growing market of human augmentation.
B-Temia has got neat trick up its sleeve, its patented Dermoskeleton™ technology that provides users with increased mobility, strength, and independence with applications in the medical, industrial, and military fields. The Dermoskeleton™ is the result of an emerging science termed by the company as “Dermoskeletics” which studies the interaction between the human body and its environment when it is assisted by a wearable motorized system surrounding the body. The Dermoskeleton™ is a human-machine interface that reduces the musculoskeletal stress on the knee and indirectly the rest of the body. The motorized assistance, catered to each user, offers the restoration, maintenance, or augmentation of their mechanical functions resulting in mobility freedom and autonomy.
Keeogo™, short for Keep on Going, is B-Temia’s first medical Dermoskeleton™. It finds its use as rehabilitation equipment or as a personal assistive device in everyday life, designed for people with limited walking stamina and mobility problems due to their state of health. The motorized power of Keeogo™ augments the muscular strength of the user and supplements their mobility through increasing power, endurance, and stability. B-Temia’s CEO, Stephane Bedard adds, “Wearing Keeogo™, individuals can counter their physical limitations and walk for long durations without getting tired. The uniqueness of Keeogo™ is that it does not act as a programmed robot; the entire functionality is controlled by the movements of the wearer.
Why the Market needs Keeogo™
Since time immemorial, human beings have sought an augmentation system that could interface with the body and aid them in overcoming their mobility limitations.
To create a more comprehensive picture of Keeogo™’s benefits, Bedard illustrates technical concepts behind the product. Firstly, he says, the Dermoskeleton™ uses advanced sensor networks and artificial intelligence for detecting an individuals’ intentions for movement in their environment and generates synchronized movements at the powered joints. Next, Keeogo™ detects the initiated movement of the body and aptly activates its motors to support completion of the movement. The ability to understand users’ intentions in real time is one of the key distinguishing features of this product. The other noteworthy aspect of Keeogo™ is that it can be configured as per the individual needs. For this, clients are evaluated to get a comprehensive picture of the characteristics and particularities of every user. The clinical support team and clinical partners of B-Temia are committed to providing a personalized experience to each user to make Keeogo™ the most preferred product of the market.
Our aim is not only to commercialize Keeogo™ globally but to assist people in fulfilling the dream of climbing a mountain at 65
A Unique Product to Augment the Mobility of Military Personnel
Apart from building an exemplary product for the medical space, B-Temia has also developed a Knee Stress Release Device (K-SRD) for military personnel. The product has been made on the same architecture as Keeogo™ but renders more mobility for the physical demands of life in the military.
"B-Temia is creating a unique relationship between humans and robotic principles to augment the biomechanical functions of human body and expand its capabilities"
Additionally, B-Temia works with Lockheed Martin, a major player in the defence and security market, to develop a new generation of industrial and military exoskeletons based on the K-SRD technology. Through this partnership, we developed the product “ONYX”, designed to provide strength and endurance to the soldiers and workers who perform strenuous tasks in tricky environments,” mentions Bedard.
this regard, the robotics technology company is building prototypes with newer hardware and software along with advanced materials and AI to make more products for users to enhance their autonomy. “The more we dig into the market, the more comprehensive overview we get of the market challenges. Personally for me, interacting with individuals can aid in discovering new challenges which will manifest as opportunities for us.”
On the geographical front, B-Temia intends to diversify to other markets and expand its footprint on the global map. “For this, we look for potential strategic partnerships in new territories which will diversify the reach of our offerings and aid us to commercialize to other markets.” Recently, the firm entered into a strategic partnership with Wistron Corporation for marketing Keeogo™ in several Asian countries such as China, Japan, and Hong Kong.
Mobility, Strength, and Autonomy for Everyone
B-Temia’s vision is to address the mobility challenges of a broad spectrum of people and play a pivotal role in assisting individuals to overcome their mobility challenges at home, work and their community. Just like the girl who conquered the mountain, using Keeogo™ the firm intends to assists many more individuals to overcome physical barriers and live a dream they have always dreamt off. The significance of Keeogo™ can be understood through this statement by its user, “After the stroke, people were asking me to list out the tasks I cannot do. However, with Keeogo™, everyone asks me what I can do now.” “Our aim is not only to commercialize Keeogo™ globally but to assist people in fulfilling the dream of climbing mountains at 65, literally and in reality,” smiles Bedard.