Towards compliant and wearable robotic orthoses: A review of current and emerging actuator technologies

Allan Joshua Veale, Sheng Quan Xie

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    Abstract

    Robotic orthoses, or exoskeletons, have the potential to provide effective rehabilitation while overcoming the availability and cost constraints of therapists. However, current orthosis actuation systems use components designed for industrial applications, not specifically for interacting with humans. This can limit orthoses' capabilities and, if their users’ needs are not adequately considered, contribute to their abandonment.

    Here, a user centered review is presented on: requirements for orthosis actuators; the electric, hydraulic, and pneumatic actuators currently used in orthoses and their advantages and limitations; the potential of new actuator technologies, including smart materials, to actuate orthoses; and the future of orthosis actuator research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)317-325
    Number of pages9
    JournalMedical engineering & physics
    Volume38
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2016

    Keywords

    • actuators
    • exoskeletons
    • rehabilitation robotics
    • smart materials
    • User centered design

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