Instrumenting complex exoskeletons for improved human-robot interaction

Victor Grosu, Carlos Rodriguez Guerrero, Branko Brackx, Svetlana Grosu, Bram Vanderborght, Dirk Lefeber

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Abstract

Back is the era where robots were strictly used for industrial automation, working in a single, isolated welding cell from an assembly line, away from their human overlords and relegated to repetitive, "brainless", pre-programmed tasks. Modern robotics in contrast, is rapidly evolving in a more inclusive way for the robots, bringing them closer to us humans, opening in the process a huge and diverse spectrum of applications.
From this broad range of emerging applications, assistive and rehabilitation exoskeletons are two great examples of that formerly mentioned evolution. Exoskeletons are one kind of technology that naturally establishes a quasi symbiotic relation between robots and humans who are wearing them as they are in close physical interaction all the time. This close contact natural interaction demands for novel hardware and software design that stand up to the complexity of human design as a reactive machine and that can deal with uncertainties rather than a pure servo pre-programmed mechanism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-10
JournalIEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine
Volume18
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • Exoskeleton
  • Real Time
  • EtherCAT
  • FlexRay

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