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Title: Development of the augmented musculature device.

Abstract

We developed an Augmented Musculature Device (AMD) that assists the movements of its wearer. It has direct application to aiding military and law enforcement personnel, the neurologically impaired, or those requiring any type of cybernetic assistance. The AMD consists of a collection of artificial muscles, each individually actuated, strategically placed along the surface of the human body. The actuators employed by the AMD are known as 'air muscles' and operate pneumatically. They are commercially available from several vendors and are relatively inexpensive. They have a remarkably high force-to-weight ratio--as high as 400:1 (as compared with 16:1 typical of DC motors). They are flexible and elastic, even when powered, making them ideal for interaction with humans.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Laboratories
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
920123
Report Number(s):
SAND2004-5377
TRN: US200825%%298
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; MAN-MACHINE SYSTEMS; MUSCLES; AUGMENTATION; ACTUATORS; CYBERNETICS; DESIGN; PNEUMATIC CONTROLLERS; Muscles.; Biomedical materials.; Biomedical engineering

Citation Formats

Rohrer, Brandon Robinson, and Pankretz, Ty. Development of the augmented musculature device.. United States: N. p., 2004. Web. doi:10.2172/920123.
Rohrer, Brandon Robinson, & Pankretz, Ty. Development of the augmented musculature device.. United States. doi:10.2172/920123.
Rohrer, Brandon Robinson, and Pankretz, Ty. Wed . "Development of the augmented musculature device.". United States. doi:10.2172/920123. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/920123.
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title = {Development of the augmented musculature device.},
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abstractNote = {We developed an Augmented Musculature Device (AMD) that assists the movements of its wearer. It has direct application to aiding military and law enforcement personnel, the neurologically impaired, or those requiring any type of cybernetic assistance. The AMD consists of a collection of artificial muscles, each individually actuated, strategically placed along the surface of the human body. The actuators employed by the AMD are known as 'air muscles' and operate pneumatically. They are commercially available from several vendors and are relatively inexpensive. They have a remarkably high force-to-weight ratio--as high as 400:1 (as compared with 16:1 typical of DC motors). They are flexible and elastic, even when powered, making them ideal for interaction with humans.},
doi = {10.2172/920123},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2004},
month = {12}
}

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