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The Muscle Myogram as a Control Signal for Use in Powered Limb Orthosis

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M. Antonelli, P. Beomonte Zobel

Università di L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

J. Giacomin

Brunel University, London, UK

Paper No. ESDA2006-95812, pp. 605-612; 8 pages
  • ASME 8th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 2: Automotive Systems, Bioengineering and Biomedical Technology, Fluids Engineering, Maintenance Engineering and Non-Destructive Evaluation, and Nanotechnology
  • Torino, Italy, July 4–7, 2006
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4249-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3779-3
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The choice of the command technique to be used in orthotic and prosthetic devices is very critical for the acceptance and, finally, the success of the specific device. Many variables influence this choice: the general characteristics of the signal, the quality of the correlation between signal and specific actions of the user and the algorithm that is derived, the acceptance of the technique, as applied to the specific device, from the user, etc. Among the command techniques, MMG signal seems to be promising to command an assistive device. In this paper a test protocol for studying MMG signal, to investigate the prospective for its use as a command technique of a powered lower limb orthosis capable of raising elderly and disabled people from the sitting position, is proposed. The definition of the test protocol, including the description of the test bed and the sensors application, is presented. Finally, the experimental results are showed and discussed.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME
Topics: Muscle , Orthotics , Signals



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