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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Exoskeleton Enhancement Robotics

Some useful solutions, with images at the link:

GEMS (Gait Enhancing and Motivating System)  in CNet

Helping you walk

 " .... While the Samsung Bot Air looks like a cutesy version of Wall-E, the Samsung GEMS looks more like an exoskeleton.

The machine is meant to help with mobility issues, such as those caused by injuries from strokes, and Samsung has developed three models: the GEMS-H for hips, GEMS-A for ankles and GEMS-K for knees.

With the GEMS-H, the first step in the process is measuring the hip angles and posture of the person wearing the machine, based on inertial measurement unit sensors, says Youngbo Shim, a researcher at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in Suwon, South Korea. The robot then recognizes the gait phase (like the moment your foot touches the ground) and generates assistive torques at the hip joints.

Basically, the robot gives you a bionic pep in your step.  .... " 

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