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— 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)
— There are various methods to control a powered AFO. As different as they are in their approach each of them has certain advantages as well as difficulties. What is still needed is a robust control concept that meets the requirements for ankle gait assistance. A new, stiffness-control model has been developed that divides the stance phase of gait into five(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)
STUDY DESIGN Prospective evaluation of the location of the center of gravity during supine, standing, and gait. OBJECTIVE Develop methods to quantify center of gravity locations in patients with scoliosis and controls and to evaluate the merit of the quantitative assumptions relative to spinal fusion surgery. SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND DATA The center of(More)
1 Motivation A soldier's carried load has been steadily increasing over the last decades (Knapik 1996; Bachkosky 2007). It is well known that increases in carried load place the soldier at greater risk for musculoskeletal related injuries (Birrell 2007; Orr 2010). In today's military, non-combat related injuries are a major concern as they affect the(More)