Exoskeletons have shown their ability to assist locomotion and augment human performances. However, the benefits of wearing these devices depend on how effectively power can be transmitted from the device to the user's biological structures. Recent studies have shown evidence of inefficient power transmission, with losses of up to 50%. The problem of power transmission can be mitigated by designing interfaces that increase contact stiffness and reduce relative motion between the limb and the robot. In this contribution, the design and development of physical interfaces for rigid lower limb exoskeletons is presented. The relative motion between the human and the developed interface is evaluated using a motion capture system and compared to the performances of a commercially available interface. Results indicate a clear reduction in relative motion between the user and the exoskeleton when the customized interface is worn.
Translated title of the contributionOntwerp en ontwikkeling van aangepaste fysieke interfaces om de relatieve beweging tussen de gebruiker en een aangedreven enkel-voet-exoskelet te verminderen
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBIOROB 2018 - 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538681831
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

    Research areas

  • Exoskeletons, Human-machine interaction, Wearable and augmenting devices

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