giovedì, gennaio 15th, 2009

Robotic exoskeleton for arms

da Boing Boing di David Pescovitz

Engineers at the University of California, Santa Cruz built this
prototype robotic exoskeleton to amplify the strength of the wearer’s
arms. Noninvasive electrodes on the skin detect the neural activity in
muscles and translate those signals into movements of the robot arms.
Lead researcher Jacob Rosen says his latest exoskeleton provides 95
percent of a human’s natural range of motion. From UCSC:

"People with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular
disabilities could use the exoskeleton to amplify their muscle
strength, and it could also be used for rehabilitation and physical
therapy," said Rosen, an associate professor of computer engineering in
the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California,
Santa Cruz.
"One of the major challenges in this field is to establish an effective
human-machine interface, or ‘bio-port,’ between the operator and the
wearable robot, such that the robot becomes a natural extension of the
human body," he said. "This bio-port may be established at the neural
level, allowing the human brain to control the wearable robot with the
same type of signals that it uses to control its own actuators, the



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