Taeseung D. Yoo

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We have developed the suspended-load backpack, which converts mechanical energy from the vertical movement of carried loads (weighing 20 to 38 kilograms) to electricity during normal walking [generating up to 7.4 watts, or a 300-fold increase over previous shoe devices (20 milliwatts)]. Unexpectedly, little extra metabolic energy (as compared to that(More)
Vertical movement of the hip during locomotion causes a loaded backpack to be accelerated with each step, which imposes large peak forces on the wearer. Here we show that using bungee cords to suspend the load from a backpack frame reduces not only its vertical movement, and hence its vertical force on the carrier, but also the energetic cost of walking(More)
This paper presents geometric and biomechanical analysis for designing elastic braces used to restrict the motion of injured joints. Towards the ultimate goal of the brace research, which is to design custom-made braces of the stiffness prescribed by a physician, this paper presents an analysis of the relationship between the brace geometry/dimension and(More)
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