Industrial Exoskeletons - Introduction

Industrial Exoskeletons

Exoskeletons are wearable robotic suits for assisting humans in everyday tasks or post-stroke rehabilitation. These are designed to reduce muscle fatigue by minimizing the contact force between the human body and exoskeleton hardware while ensuring wearability, safety, ergonomics, and device power consumption. The lab is developing both passive and active upper-limb exoskeletons for assisting repetitive industrial tasks. The passive type is in the form of a fully functional gravity compensator, whereas an active exoskeleton that amplifies power along with multiple directions, is being currently developed using 4-DOF powered actuators. These are controlled by sensing the intention of its wearer and translating it into actuator-motion. The deployment of these exoskeletons is expected to increase the throughput of our industry workforce.