On the potential field-based control of the MIT-skywalker

  • Artemiadis P
  • Krebs H
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Abstract

Walking impairments are a common sequela of neurological injury, severely affecting the quality of life of both adults and children. Gait therapy is the traditional approach to ameliorate the problem by re-training the nervous system and there have been some attempts to mechanize such approach. In this paper, we present a novel device to deliver gait therapy, which, in contrast to previous approaches, takes advantage of the concept of passive walkers and the natural dynamics of the lower extremity in order to deliver more ``ecological{{}''{}} therapy. We also discuss the closed-loop control scheme, which enables safe and efficient operation of the device, and present the initial feasibility tests with unimpaired subjects.

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Authors

  • Panagiotis K. Artemiadis

  • Hermano Igo Krebs

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