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Wearable adaptive resistance training improves ankle strength, walking efficiency and mobility in cerebral palsy: a pilot clinical trial
Goal: To determine the efficacy of wearable adaptive resistance training for rapidly improving walking ability in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Methods: Six children with spastic CP (five males, one female; mean age 14y 11mo; three hemiplegic, three diplegic; Gross... Read more
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A Hybrid Robotic System for Arm Training of Stroke Survivors: Concept and First Evaluation
                      This work describes a hybrid robotic system for arm recovery after stroke, combining EMG-triggered Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) with a passive exoskeleton for upper limb suspension. The system was developed within the European project RETRAINER and was used in a... Read more
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Bio-inspired Balance Control Assistance Can Reduce Metabolic Energy Consumption In Human Walking
The amount of research on developing exoskeletons for human gait assistance has been growing in the recent years. However, the control design of exoskeletons for assisting human walking remains unclear. This paper presents a novel bio-inspired reflex-based control for assisting... Read more
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Subject-Exoskeleton Contact Model Calibration Leads to Accurate Interaction Force Predictions
Knowledge of human–exoskeleton interaction forces is crucial to assess user comfort and effectiveness of the interaction. The subject-exoskeleton collaborative movement and its interaction forces can be predicted in silico using computational modeling techniques. We developed an optimal control framework that... Read more
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An untethered ankle exoskeleton improves walking economy in a pilot study of individuals with cerebral palsy
       The high energy cost of walking in individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) contributes significantly to reduced mobility and quality of life. The purpose of this study was to develop and clinically evaluate an untethered ankle exoskeleton with the ability to... Read more
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Design and Characterization of an Exoskeleton for Perturbing the Knee During Gait
The human knee joint displays a wide range of mechanical behaviors, enabling efficient and robust locomotion under varying conditions. With the rise of active and semi-active knee assistive devices (e.g., prostheses and orthoses), there is a need to quantify the... Read more
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Evaluation of the Achilles Ankle Exoskeleton
This paper evaluates the Achilles exoskeleton. The exoskeleton is intended to provide push-off assistance for healthy subjects during walking. The assistance is provided by a series elastic actuator that has been optimized to provide maximal push-off power. The paper presents... Read more
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Design and Control of the MINDWALKER Exoskeleton
ACCESS PAPER DATA READ FULL ARTICLE ON IEEE XPLORE Abstract Powered exoskeletons can empower paraplegics to stand and walk. Actively controlled hip ab/adduction (HAA) is needed for weight shift and for lateral foot placement to support dynamic balance control and to counteract disturbances... Read more