A self-adjusting knee exoskeleton for robot-assisted treatment of knee injuries
Ergin, Alper Mehmet and Patoğlu, Volkan (2011) A self-adjusting knee exoskeleton for robot-assisted treatment of knee injuries. In: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2011), San Francisco, CA, USA
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2011.6095073
In this study, we present a novel active device for robot-assisted rehabilitation that accommodates transitional movements of the knee joint as well as its rotation, enabling a perfect match between human joint axes and the device axes. Automatically adjusting its joint axes, the proposed device is not only capable of guaranteeing ergonomy and comfort throughout the therapy, but also extends the usable range of motion for the knee joint. Moreover, the adjustability feature significantly shortens the setup time required to attach the patient to the exoskeleton, allowing more effective time be spend on exercises instead of wasting it for adjustments. The proposed system is different from the similar works in literature in that it supports both passive translational movements of the knee joint and independent active control of these degrees of freedom. In particular, we introduce implementation details of a prototype that features compact design and combines the power of three actuators to achieve high rotational torques, detail the model based impedance controller utilized to adjust interaction forces and present the experimental characterization of the exoskeleton.
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