Comparison of a Soft Exosuit and a Rigid Exoskeleton in an Assistive Task
Rigid and soft wearable robots have promising complementary properties that could be exploited to cover a broad range of applications and needs. While the former are ideal when high forces, accurate position and high dynamics are required, soft devices are more practical when portability and comfort are demanded. In this preliminary study, we quantify this duality by comparing the technical characteristics of a soft exosuit and a rigid exoskeleton and measuring their biomechanical and physiological effect on the elbow movements of healthy subjects.
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