Evaluation of Power-Assist System by Computer Simulation
Yoshiaki Taniai, Tomohide Naniwa, Yasutake Takahashi, and Masayuki Kawai
Graduate School of Engineering, University of Fukui
3-9-1 Bunkyo, Fukui 910-8507, Japan
Powered exoskeletons have been proposed and developed in various works with the aim of compensating for motor paralysis or reducing weight, workload, or metabolic energy consumption. However, development of the power-assist system depends on the development and evaluation of real powered exoskeletons, and few studies have evaluated the performance of the power-assist system by means of computer simulation. In this paper, we propose an evaluation framework based on computer simulation for the development of an effective power-assist system and demonstrate an analysis of a power-assisted upper-arm reaching movement. We employed the optimality principle to obtain the adapted movements of humans for power-assist systems and compared the performances of power- and non-power-assisted movements in terms of the evaluation index of the power-assist system.
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