Title

Powered Human Exoskeleton

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Kyle Watson

Faculty Mentor Department

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Abstract/Artist Statement

The goal of this project was to create a powered human exoskeleton. The intent was that a user of this product would be able to strap on a backpack, and control a mechanical arm, which would allow them to lift loads which would otherwise be difficult to lift. The mechanical arm was intended to shadow the wearer’s movement, so as to make the use of the exoskeleton as simple and ergonomic as possible. To accomplish this, a system of pneumatic cylinders was devised to power a mechanical skeleton, which was then mounted on a backpack frame. The pneumatics are controlled by a simple electrical system which is controlled by the user. This project was a success, and the system allows the wearer to lift the objective load easily and without fatigue. As well as the system meeting the power requirements, it is also fairly easy to control.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

30-4-2011 2:00 PM

End Date

30-4-2011 3:30 PM

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Powered Human Exoskeleton

School of Engineering & Computer Science

The goal of this project was to create a powered human exoskeleton. The intent was that a user of this product would be able to strap on a backpack, and control a mechanical arm, which would allow them to lift loads which would otherwise be difficult to lift. The mechanical arm was intended to shadow the wearer’s movement, so as to make the use of the exoskeleton as simple and ergonomic as possible. To accomplish this, a system of pneumatic cylinders was devised to power a mechanical skeleton, which was then mounted on a backpack frame. The pneumatics are controlled by a simple electrical system which is controlled by the user. This project was a success, and the system allows the wearer to lift the objective load easily and without fatigue. As well as the system meeting the power requirements, it is also fairly easy to control.