Ortholeg 2.0 - Projeto de uma Órtese Ativa Transparente (Ortholeg 2.0 ‑ Design of a Transparent Active Orthosis)

Nicholas Bastos Melo (nicholas.bastos@gmail.com)1, Carlos Eduardo Dórea (cetdorea@dca.ufrn.br)1, Pablo Javier Alsina (pablo@dca.ufrn.br)1, Márcio Valério Araújo (marcio@ct.ufrn.br)1, Michael Gloger (mike.gloger@gmail.com)2

1Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
2University of Ostrava

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: Oct. 2017
Volume: 15,   Issue: 10 
ISSN: 1548-0992

In this work we propose a conceptual solution for performance limitation observed in many lower limb active orthosis. The concept is called transparent orthosis, and its objective is to improve the user walking experience to a more natural level, through the design of a lightweight and ergonomic mechanical structure, while using an autonomous and interactive software architecture. The details of transparency are shown through the design and development of a real transparent orthosis, called Ortholeg 2.0. Some aspects of the presented concept were tested in a previous developed device, the Ortholeg orthosis.

Index Terms:
Robotics, Powered Orthosis, Assistive Technology   

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