Exoskeleton Biofeedback User Interface
Patent no.: 16/409,672
Inventor(s): Zachary F. Lerner
Description: Wearable robotic assistance device has the potential to revolutionize rehabilitation of patients with neuromuscular deficiencies in free-living environments. The exoskeleton device comprises an effective user interface for providing wearable biofeedback. Biofeedback allows the individual to measure and understand their progress by using the exoskeleton to achieve an improved outcome. Examples of potential specifications of feedback include knee angle, crouch reduction, trunk tilt, and muscle engagement. Several feedback modalities may be used, such as tactile, visual, and auditory. The exoskeleton’s CPU may be programmed so that the CPU provides instructions to a specific feedback modality, based on the input received from the embedded sensors.
Potential applications: Clinical applications for rehabilitation robotics.
Benefits and advantages: The wearable exoskeleton improves the mobility of people with neurological deficits acquired by stroke, spinal cord injury, and Parkinson’s disease. The wearable exoskeleton provides compliance data with a desired performance parameter, triggering a feedback modality to inform the individual of both compliance and non-compliance. The biofeedback user interface may also be used in combination with gamification to enhance the experience of gait rehabilitation and to further engage and incentivize the individual with the biofeedback process.
Case no.: 2017-041
Licensing status: Available for licensing