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Smart Suit: Soft power suit with semi-active assist mechanism - prototype for supporting waist and knee joint -

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6 Author(s)
Takayuki Tanaka ; Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan ; Yuta Satoh ; Shun'ichi Kaneko ; Yoshihito Suzuki
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We have been developing ldquoSmart Suitrdquo as a soft and light-weight wearable power assist system. A prototype for preventing low-back injury in agricultural works and its semi-active assist mechanism have been developed in the previous study. The previous prototype succeeded to reduce about 14% of average muscle fatigues of body trunk in waist extension/flexion motion. In this paper, we describe a prototype of smart suit for supporting waist and knee joint, and its control method for preventing the displacement of the adjustable assist force mechanism in order to keep the assist efficiency.

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Control, Automation and Systems, 2008. ICCAS 2008. International Conference on

Date of Conference:

14-17 Oct. 2008