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Portable Arm Exoskeleton

Contact : André Preumont

In many teleoperated or virtual activities with force feedback, the use of a fully portable haptic device would increase the easiness and performances of the command task, compared to devices linked to the ground or a table. Applications range from robotic arm teleoperation in severe environments (space, nuclear reactors, deep waters…). to applications in virtual reality either in the domain of virtual training in large volumes (such as virtual assembly) by means of immersion caves or head mounted displays or in the domain of stroke patients rehabilitation (Fig. 1). As the operator does not have to be linked to a fixed base, or in environments with obstacles and as a multi-DOF portable device allows force feedback on several contact points, the operator is more immersed in the environment during the manipulation.

Fig 1: Typical applications with the fully portable arm exoskeleton