Some Considerations on Benchmarking of Wearable Robots for Mobility
Wearable Robots for Mobility (WR-Mob), i.e. exoskeletons, are currently entering the market. This makes the topic of how to define and measure their performance more relevant and urgent. This abstract provides some considerations that could be taken into account when designing quantitative benchmark metrics that aim to quantify the performance of WR-Mob, focusing on measurement of reduction of metabolic cost and of improvement of balance. The considerations on metrics and their normalization are first steps to well-defined benchmark tests. Proper benchmarks contribute to solid comparison among devices that can be performed in different labs, and thus support a faster progress beyond the state of the art.
KeywordsMetabolic Cost Technology Readiness Level Supportive Control Balance Project Maximum Perturbation
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