Bionik Laboratories Corp. Featured in Fortune and The Verge for Integration of Amazon Echo into ARKE™ Exoskeletons
Company's integration of Echo and Alexa technologies into its exoskeleton featured as innovative first in the market; multiple top media outlets highlight the benefits of the Company's assistive technology solutions to those with mobility issues
TORONTO and BOSTON, Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Bionik Laboratories Corp. (OTCQB:BNKL) ("Bionik" or the "Company"), a robotics company focused on providing rehabilitation and assistive technology solutions to individuals with neurological and mobility challenges from hospital to home, today reported that it has been featured in numerous high profile media publications – including Fortune and The Verge – following the Company's announcement of its integration of Amazon Echo into its ARKE™ lower body exoskeletons earlier this month.
The Company's announcement that its lower body exoskeletons will now utilize Amazon's Echo ("Echo") technology and Alexa Voice Service ("Alexa") drew interest from prominent business and technology publications as a first-to-market innovation.
The article in Fortune features Bionik's ARKE lower body exoskeleton as a technology that could help injured people be more mobile within their own homes, enabling people with spinal cord or other injuries to walk and perform other physical functions they might not otherwise be able to. It also highlights the success of Bionik's assistive robotics for stroke rehabilitation within the clinical setting.
Bionik was also featured in an article by The Verge, which highlights the innovation behind the Company's technology and the integration of Echo and Alexa into its ARKE lower body exoskeletons. The piece discusses how ARKE can be controlled via an app on a tablet or by reacting automatically to users' movements through sensors that detect when the wearer shifts their weight. Now with Echo and Alexa, the ARKE has an enhanced level of control for the user.
"It is a terrific achievement for our company to be featured in premier publications such as Fortune and The Verge, as well as a timely one, as the medical robotics market has begun to garner more attention worldwide," said Peter Bloch, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Bionik Laboratories. "We see great potential for our technology to help alleviate mobility issues for people around the world, and this exposure will help educate the market about our capabilities. We are excited for all of the opportunities ahead of us, and look forward to seeing the difference our technology can make."
Other prominent news outlets that featured the Company's technology announcement include USA Today, Engadget, ZDNet, and Geekwire.
The ARKE™ exoskeleton utilizes Bionik's proprietary transmission and actuation system, making it one of the most powerful robotic devices compared to similar systems. It will now include device control, utilizing multiple sensors located throughout the device in combination with Alexa. Users will be able to activate different activity modes, such as Standing and Walking, by saying "Alexa, I'm ready to stand" or "Alexa, I'm ready to walk."
About Bionik Laboratories
Bionik Laboratories (OTCQB:BNKL) is a robotics company focused on providing rehabilitation and mobility solutions to individuals with neurological and mobility challenges from hospital to home. The Company has a portfolio of products focused on upper and lower extremity rehabilitation for stroke and other mobility-impaired patients, including three products on the market and four products in varying stages of development. The InMotion Systems — the InMotion ARM™, InMotion Wrist™, InMotion Hand™ and InMotion AnkleBot™ — are designed to provide intelligent, patient-adaptive therapy in a manner that has been clinically verified to maximize neuro-recovery. Bionik is also developing a lower-body exoskeleton, ARKE™, designed to allow paraplegics as well as other wheelchair users the ability to rehabilitate through walking. ARKE is designed to continually adapt to a patient's ability and provide real-time feedback to the physiotherapist.
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Released August 23, 2017