Experimental Evaluation of Energy Efficiency for a Soft Wearable Robotic Suit

Shanhai Jin, Noriyasu Iwamoto, Kazunobu Hashimoto, Motoji Yamamoto

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Abstract

This paper presents a new soft wearable robotic suit for energy-efficient walking in daily activities for elderly persons. The presented robotic suit provides a small yet effective assistive force for hip flexion through winding belts that include elastic elements. In addition, it does not restrict the range of movement in the lower limbs. Moreover, its structure is simple and lightweight, and thus wearers can easily take the device on and off by themselves. Experimental results on nine elderly subjects (age = 74.2±3.7 years) show that the robotic suit worn and powered on (PON) significantly reduced energy expenditure by an average of 5.9% compared with the condition of worn but powered off (POFF). Furthermore, compared with the POFF condition, there was a significant improvement in gait characteristics in the PON condition for all subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7589066
Pages (from-to)1192-1201
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Volume25
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering

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