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MIT-Skywalker: Evaluating comfort of bicycle/saddle seat

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© 2017 IEEE. The MIT-Skywalker is a robotic device developed for the rehabilitation of gait and balance after a neurological injury. This device has been designed based on the concept of a passive walker and provides three distinct training modes: discrete movement, rhythmic movement, and balance training. In this paper, we present our efforts to evaluate the comfort of a bicycle/saddle seat design for the system's novel actuated body weight support device. We employed different bicycle and saddle seats and evaluated comfort using objective and subjective measures. Here we will summarize the results obtained from a study of fifteen healthy subjects and one stroke patient that led to the selection of a saddle seat design for the MIT-Skywalker.

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Author(s): Goncalves RS, Hamilton T, Daher AR, Hirai H, Krebs HI

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR 2017)

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 516-520

Online publication date: 15/08/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN: 1945-7901

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/ICORR.2017.8009300

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ISBN: 9781538622964