POWER-AUGMENTED EXOSKELETON DEMONSTRATION UNIT

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$175,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
4287
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Prt Corp.
245 E Sixth St - Ste 424, St Paul, MN, 55101
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Ralph H Mccartney
(612) 228-1865
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THIS PROPOSAL DETAILS A DEVELOPMENT PROJECT WHICH WILL DEMONSTRATE FEASIBILITY OF A POWER-AUGMENTED EXOSKELETON. AN EXOSKELETON IS A JOINTED, EXTERNAL FRAMEWORK WORN BY A USER. FORCE SENSORS DETECT USER MOVEMENTS AND, THROUGH MODERN FEEDBACK CONTROL TECHNIQUES, POWER THE EXOSKELETON LIMBS. A USER'S STRENGTH CAN THUS BE MAGNIFIED THREE OR FIVE TIMES WITHOUT LOSS OF DEXTERITY OR SPEED. THE PROJECT IS DESIGNED TO PROVE FEASIBILITY OF HIGH SPEED CONTROL COUPLED WITH MODERN ACTUATOR TECHNOLOGY. THE PRIMARY PROJECT GOAL IS A SINGLE POWERED JOINT WITH AN ADJUSTABLE AMPLIFICATION FACTOR OF UP TO 10:1. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION WOULD BE THE PRECURSOR TO A FULL EXOSKELETON.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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