Faculty Advisor

Cobb, Eben C.

Faculty Advisor

Popovic, Marko B.

Abstract

Ambulatory disabilities affects approximately 30.6 million people in the US over the age of 15 according to the 2010 US Census. Of these 30.6 million, about 10.8 million have the ability to walk a quarter mile continuously, but find it difficult doing so. The goals of this project were to design a device to be used therapeutically in order to help re-learn walking motions, to strengthen muscles, or to assist in everyday life. The device was also designed to be used with virtual reality (VR) systems to offer a source of physical input and feedback. To accomplish this task, our team built a wearable leg actuation assisting apparatus that outputs a minimum of ten percent of the average adult’s joint moments and is combinable to a VR system to fully engulf the user into a gaming environment.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Physics

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