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Exoskeletons and robotic prosthetics: a review of recent developments

Robert Bogue (Okehampton, UK)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 21 August 2009

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review recent developments in exoskeletons and robotic prosthetics.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper first describes a number of recently developed exoskeletons for military, civil and medical applications. It then discusses robotic prosthetics and concludes with a brief consideration of progress in brain‐computer interface (BCI) technology.

Findings

Robotic exoskeletons are the topic of a major research effort, much being funded by the US military, and aims to impart superhuman strength to the wearer. Japanese research is also well advanced and concerns a range of non‐military applications, including strength enhancement and medical rehabilitation. Some products have recently been commercialised. There has also been significant progress in the development of robotic prosthetic limbs, a topic which is also attracting support from the US military. A key aim is the development of thought‐controlled prosthetics which will arise from advances in BCI technology.

Originality/value

This paper provides a detailed review of the latest developments in exoskeletons and robotic prosthetics.

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Citation

Bogue, R. (2009), "Exoskeletons and robotic prosthetics: a review of recent developments", Industrial Robot, Vol. 36 No. 5, pp. 421-427. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439910910980141

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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