Keijiro Yamamoto

Power Assist Suit 
2005 

Dep. of Robotics and Mechatronics, Faculty of Engineering, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan

The Power Assists Suit, a battery-powered exoskeleton suit… Sensors are attached to the arms and legs of the wearer to measure the tautness of muscles and detect how hard they are working. The data is sent to the computer built into the suit to calculate how much “assistance” is to be given. Finally, actuators located at the elbow, knees, and waist of the suit are activated by inflating airbag-like mechanism to help the caregiver carry upto approximately twice the weight he or she can usually bear. The puneumatic system that powers the actuator. makes the operation of the suit feel smooth for both the caregiver and the patient. (Aldersey, Hugh, Ed. Paola, 72)

Power Assist Suit

fig 1: Power Assist Suit, Pg 72
Resources
text: Aldersey-Williams, Hugh et al. Design and the Elastic Mind. Ed. Paola Antonelli. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008. Print.
img: Aldersey-Williams, Hugh et al. Design and the Elastic Mind. Ed. Paola Antonelli. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008. Print.
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