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In the growing fields of wearable robotics, rehabilitation robotics, prosthetics, and walking k robots, variable stiffness actuators (VSAs) or adjustable compliant actuators are being designed and implemented because of their ability to minimize large forces due to shocks, to safely interact with the user, and their ability to store and release energy in(More)
A robotic tendon is a spring based, linear actuator in which the stiffness of the spring is crucial for its successful use in a lightweight, energy efficient, powered ankle orthosis. Like its human analog, the robotic tendon uses its inherent elastic nature to reduce both peak power and energy requirements for its motor. In the ideal example, peak power(More)
Hip spasticity and strength from 44 children with cerebral palsy (CP) and 44 children with able bodies (AB) were compared. For spasticity, a KinCom dynamometer abducted the passive hip at 4 different speeds and recorded the resistive adductor torques. Work values for the torque-angle data were calculated at each speed. Linear regression derived the slope(More)
A team from the United States Military Academy and Walter Reed Medical Center, in collaboration with private industry partner, SpringActive, Inc., have designed, built, and demonstrated a first of its kind motor powered, single board computer controlled, running prosthesis for military transtibial amputees. This paper presents the design and initial results(More)
— An adjustable Robotic Tendon is a spring based linear actuator in which the properties of a spring are crucial to its successful use in a gait assistance device. Like its human analog, the adjustable Robotic Tendon uses its inherent elastic nature to both reduce peak power and energy requirements for its motor. In the ideal example, peak power required of(More)
A portable wearable robotic device that can actively supplement locomotion of partially limited ambulators in their normal environment (variable terrain, weather, man made structures, etc.) seems highly desirable but currently short of attainment due to several key technology gaps. Low energy and power density in current actuation technology, inadequate(More)
STUDY DESIGN Prospective evaluation of spinal range of motion in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis undergoing a spinal fusion. OBJECTIVE Evaluate changes in triplanar spine range of motion following spinal fusion. SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND DATA Preoperative and postoperative radiographs have been the major form of outcome analysis of adolescent(More)
I n the growing fields of wearable robotics, rehabilitation robotics, prosthetics, and walking robots, variable stiffness actuators (VSAs) or adjustable compliant actuators are being designed and implemented because of their ability to minimize large forces due to shocks, to safely interact with the user, and their ability to store and release energy in(More)