Autonomous exoskeleton reduces metabolic cost of human walking during load carriage

@inproceedings{Mooney2014AutonomousER,
  title={Autonomous exoskeleton reduces metabolic cost of human walking during load carriage},
  author={Luke M. Mooney and Elliott J. Rouse and Hugh M. Herr},
  booktitle={Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation},
  year={2014}
}
BackgroundMany soldiers are expected to carry heavy loads over extended distances, often resulting in physical and mental fatigue. In this study, the design and testing of an autonomous leg exoskeleton is presented. The aim of the device is to reduce the energetic cost of loaded walking. In addition, we present the Augmentation Factor, a general framework of exoskeletal performance that unifies our results with the varying abilities of previously developed exoskeletons.MethodsWe developed an… CONTINUE READING

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  • The average energy expenditure of walking increased by over 30% while wearing the device.

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