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Exoskeletons for Endurance Amplification

Human endurance can be improved by distributing work across multiple muscles or joints.   Optimization of human-powered elastic mechanisms for endurance amplification Throughout the human body hundreds of muscles exert forces to stiffen and move the limbs and torso. During heavy exercise, only a small portion of these...

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10 Jul 2013 Posted by in no comments

Exoskeletons for Walking Augmentation

Walking exoskeletons hold the potential to let people walk longer, faster, or walk while carrying more weight.   Autonomous powered leg exoskeleton For over a century, technologists have strived to develop autonomous leg exoskeletons that reduce the metabolic energy consumed when humans walk and run, but such technologies...

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Powered Ankle-Foot Orthosis

Powered ankle-foot orthoses have the potential to restore missing ankle function by actuating the human foot with computer-controller actuators.   Adaptive control of a variable-impedance ankle-foot orthosis to assist drop-foot gait An active ankle-foot orthosis (AAFO) is presented where the impedance of the orthotic joint is modulated throughout...

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Exoskeletons for Running and Hopping Augmentation

The Biomechatronics Group seeks to use exoskeletons to decrease the metabolic burden associated with running, thereby increasing endurance and achievable distance.   The biomechanics and energetics of human running using an elastic knee exoskeleton While the effects of series compliance on running biomechanics are well documented, the effects...

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20 Jun 2013 Posted by in no comments

A Wearable Robotic Simulator for Human Augmentation

The Biomechatronics Group is developing a robotic research platform that can simulate a variety of wearable devices, enabling rapid advancement of the human-machine interface. A powerful six degrees-of-freedom tethered wearable robotic system is proposed for understanding how a wearable robotic intervention worn on the legs of...

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