PRACTICAL DESIGN OF FULL BODY EXOSKELETONS - Stretching the Limits of Weight and Power

Stefan Roland Taal, Yoshiyuki Sankai

Abstract

The development of full body, wearable exoskeletons has been limited by the constraints of weight and available power. Because of this it has not been possible to create one that augments all DoF of its human wearer with enough power to assist, e.g., nurses and other workers. To achieve more usefulness despite the limitations, a practical design approach that considers the motions and needs of the wearer is an appropriate tool to reveal new opportunities. This approach was used to find solutions for a fully supported 3DoF exo-spine, supported shoulder girdle motion, and other challenges that have so far received little or no attention. No extra actuators are required, thus adding a minimum to weight and power. The improvements found using this practical approach suggest related fields like rehabilitation could profit as well.

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Roland Taal S. and Sankai Y. (2010). PRACTICAL DESIGN OF FULL BODY EXOSKELETONS - Stretching the Limits of Weight and Power . In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Volume 1: BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2010) ISBN 978-989-674-017-7, pages 133-138. DOI: 10.5220/0002756901330138


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@conference{biodevices10,
author={Stefan Roland Taal and Yoshiyuki Sankai},
title={PRACTICAL DESIGN OF FULL BODY EXOSKELETONS - Stretching the Limits of Weight and Power},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Volume 1: BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2010)},
year={2010},
pages={133-138},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0002756901330138},
isbn={978-989-674-017-7},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Volume 1: BIODEVICES, (BIOSTEC 2010)
TI - PRACTICAL DESIGN OF FULL BODY EXOSKELETONS - Stretching the Limits of Weight and Power
SN - 978-989-674-017-7
AU - Roland Taal S.
AU - Sankai Y.
PY - 2010
SP - 133
EP - 138
DO - 10.5220/0002756901330138