Artificial muscles for elbow brace:

Elbow ExoMusculature.
The Winner of the 2013 Provost's "Runner-up" MQP Award in Robotics Engineering.
Testing prototypes(December 2012 and April 2013).
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This work, in collaboration with AIM Lab, WPI and L(SP)^2, WPI, builds upon Soft Robotics Shoulder Brace project (WPI Popovic Labs and Robert Howe's Harvard Biorobotics Lab). Here. the Exo-Musculature consists of two pairs of cable driven antagonistic artificial muscles. The first prototype is currently underway and it is expected to be capable of providing close to optimal elbow joint forces and torques based on shoulder movements.

In order to facilitate patients paralyzed from the shoulder down development of a robotic assisted system to help patients move lower limbs needs to be implemented. Utilizing the patients shoulder movement, and weak muscle signals, development is in progress of developing a robotic assisted elbow brace to assist in two degrees of arm motion using either a Bowden cables or McKibben Actuators. This project is currently underway under direction from the following advisors: Gregory Fischer, Ted Clancey, Eduardo Torress-Jara, and Marko Popovic.

Publications and Presentations:

M. Brauckmann, E. Calamari, S. Lipkind, B. Leone, C. Molica, A. Piscopiello, W. Terry, M. Delph, E. Torres-Jara, M. Popovic, E. Clancy, and G. S. Fischer, "Soft Exo-Skeletal Arm for C4-C5 Trauma Induced Spinal cord Injuries", accepted for oral podium presentation, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, BMES 2013, Seattle, Washington, USA, Sept. 25-28, 2013.

Current Researchers:

Marko B. Popovic

Past Researchers:

Michael Brauckmann, Benjamin Joseph Leone, Christopher J. Molica and Marko B. Popovic