Visual guidance can help with the use of a robotic exoskeleton during human walking
journal contributionposted on 20.07.2022, 17:38 authored by Myunghee KimMyunghee Kim, Hyeongkeun Jeong, Prakyath Kantharaju, Dongyual Yoo, Michael Jacobson, Dongbin Shin, Changsoo Han, James PattonJames Patton
Walking is an important activity that supports the health-related quality of life, and for those who need assistance, robotic devices are available to help. Recent progress in wearable robots has identified the importance of customizing the assistance provided by the robot to the individual, resulting in robot adaptation to the human. However, current implementations minimize the role of human adaptation to the robot, for example, by the users modifying their movements based on the provided robot assistance. This study investigated the effect of visual feedback to guide the users in adapting their movements in response to wearable robot assistance. The visual feedback helped the users reduce their metabolic cost of walking without any changes in robot assistance in a given time. In a case with the initially metabolic expensive (IMExp) exoskeleton condition, both training methods helped reduce the metabolic cost of walking. The results suggest that visual feedback training is helpful to use the exoskeleton for various conditions. Without feedback, the training is helpful only for the IMExp exoskeleton condition. This result suggests visual feedback training can be useful to facilitate the use of non-personalized, generic assistance, where the assistance is not tuned for each user, in a relatively short time.