Recent Results from Evaluation of Soft Wearable Robots in Clinical Populations
We have been on developing new approaches to design, manufacture, and control soft wearable robotic devices and characterizing their performance through biomechanical and physiological studies so as to further the scientific understanding of how humans interact with such machines. Example application areas include enhancing the mobility of healthy individuals such as soldiers walking with a heavy load, restoring the mobility of patients with gait deficits such as those poststroke, and assisting those with upper extremity weakness to perform activities of daily living such as patients with a spinal cord injury. This abstract summarizes recent results from evaluation of these devices in clinical populations.
This research is the result of a multidisciplinary team from Harvard University, Boston University and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF #1446464 and #1454472), the National Institutes of Health (BRG R01HD088619), Harvard SEAS and Wyss Institute.
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