Design and Product Development

The Effect of Ergonomic Fit on Walking Performance of a Gait-Assist Wearable Robot

Authors
  • Soo-Min Lee (Seoul National University)
  • So Hyun Lee (Seoul National University)
  • Yuhwa Hong orcid logo (Seoul Nationl University)
  • Juyeon Park (Seoul National University)

Abstract

Gait-assisted wearable robots have emerged as a novel means of supporting gait to increase a wearer’s walking efficiency and improve body function. Ergonomic fit is crucial for ensuring acceptable wearability, thereby facilitating the sustainable use of wearable devices. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the effect of ergonomic fit on the walking performance of a gait-assist wearable robot with twelve adults. Participants wore the robot for 20 minutes and walked on a force-plate-embedded treadmill. We found that proper fit conditions led to increased heart rate and stride length, decreased foot pressure and cadence,and improved exercise effects. The balance of the body was adjusted by foot rotation while walking with the robot. These findings highlight the importance of ergonomic fit in wearable robots and their potential impact on the global wearable robotics market.

Keywords: Wearable robot, walking performance, gait, ergonomic fit, wearability

How to Cite:

Lee, S., Lee, S., Hong, Y. & Park, J., (2024) “The Effect of Ergonomic Fit on Walking Performance of a Gait-Assist Wearable Robot”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.17709

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Published on
03 Feb 2024
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