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IJAT Vol.5 No.4 pp. 559-567
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2011.p0559
(2011)

Paper:

Quantitative Performance Analysis of Exoskeleton Augmenting Devices – Muscle Suit – for Manual Worker

Yoshiki Muramatsu, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Yutaka Sato,
He Jiaou, Takuya Hashimoto, and Hiroshi Kobayashi

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo University of Science, 1-14-6 Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0073, Japan

Received:
February 23, 2011
Accepted:
June 16, 2011
Published:
July 5, 2011
Keywords:
muscle suit, wearable robot, exoskeleton, McKibben artificial muscle, quantitative performance evaluation
Abstract

Exoskeleton systems have been largely developed in spite that quantitative performance estimation has not been reported so far. Consequently, we have been developing the wearable muscle suit for direct and physical motion supports with relevant reports on the performance. The McKibben artificial muscle has introduced “muscle suit” compact, lightweight, reliable, and wearable “assist-bots” enabling users to lift and carry heavy objects. Applying integral electromyography (IEMG), we show the results of quantitative suit performance and posture-preserving efficiency. However, for practical use, lifting seems to be one of the most important tasks for users. We improve the forearm so that the muscle suit assists the user in vertical lifting. Load carrying and lifting experiments show the muscle suit’s effectiveness.

Cite this article as:
Y. Muramatsu, H. Kobayashi, Y. Sato, <. Jiaou, T. Hashimoto, and H. Kobayashi, “Quantitative Performance Analysis of Exoskeleton Augmenting Devices – Muscle Suit – for Manual Worker,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.5, No.4, pp. 559-567, 2011.
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