Design and Characterization of an Open-Source Robotic Leg Prosthesis

Alejandro F. Azocar, Luke M. Mooney, Levi J. Hargrove, Elliott J Rouse

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Abstract

Challenges associated with current prosthetic technologies limit the quality of life of lower-limb amputees. Passive prostheses lead amputees to walk slower, use more energy, fall more often, and modify their gait patterns to compensate for the prosthesis' lack of net-positive mechanical energy. Robotic prostheses can provide mechanical energy, but may also introduce challenges through controller design. Fortunately, talented researchers are studying how to best control robotic leg prostheses, but the time and resources required to develop prosthetic hardware has limited their potential impact. Even after research is completed, comparison of results is confounded by the use of different, researcher-specific hardware. To address these issues, we have developed the Open-source Leg (OSL): A scalable robotic knee/ankle prosthesis intended to foster investigations of control strategies. This paper introduces the design goals, transmission selection, hardware implementation, and initial control benchmarks for the OSL. The OSL provides a common hardware platform for comparison of control strategies, lowers the barrier to entry for prosthesis research, and enables testing within the lab, community, and at home.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBIOROB 2018 - 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages111-118
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538681831
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 9 2018
Event7th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BIOROB 2018 - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: Aug 26 2018Aug 29 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
Volume2018-August
ISSN (Print)2155-1774

Other

Other7th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BIOROB 2018
CountryNetherlands
CityEnschede
Period8/26/188/29/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Azocar, A. F., Mooney, L. M., Hargrove, L. J., & Rouse, E. J. (2018). Design and Characterization of an Open-Source Robotic Leg Prosthesis. In BIOROB 2018 - 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (pp. 111-118). [8488057] (Proceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics; Vol. 2018-August). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/BIOROB.2018.8488057