Towards human-robot symbiosis - New perspectives for assistive and rehabilitation robotics

13/09/2011 11:00
13/09/2011 12:15
Maria Carrozza

 This lecture focuses on the major research challenges to address for the development of wearable robotic devices for motion assistance and rehabilitation. NEUROExos is presented as a case study of a new-generation wearable machine. NEUROExos possesses three major innovative features: a double-shelled link structure, which improves the robot wearability and comfort by reducing the pressure on the user's skin; a passive low-friction self-aligning mechanism, which allows the actuated joint axis to be aligned with the instantaneous human joint rotation axis; a bio-inspired antagonistic actuation system with a software-controllable passive compliance. In addition, this lecture also presents the concept and the characterization of a tactile technology used to sense the normal pressure distribution onto the human-robot interaction surface, and a new motion assistance strategy based on rhythmic motor primitives.


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