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

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Keywords

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

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In: Medical engineering & physics, Vol. 38, No. 4, 26.02.2016, p. 317-325.

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