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The Path to Wearability: The Challenge of Designing Human-Symbiotic Robotic Devices
Antonio Frisoli
(TeCIP Institute, Italy)
Abstract: In the past human robotic interaction was mainly conceived as the interaction between humans and external robots. Recent advances have made clear that robotic technologies can be easily worn and of help in a variety of tasks, from augmentation of human capabilities both in terms of sensory feedback and power augmentation to novel interaction devices for exploration of virtual worlds. Now that thanks to the spread of head mounted displays virtual reality is within reach of everyone, novel interaction technologies are needed capable of providing immersive and realistic experience on all body, for applications that go beyond the traditional gaming domain. In this sense wearable haptic devices exploit a variety of sensory mechanisms and stimulations, from skin stretch or indentation to heat transfer, to elicit novel modalities of natural interaction. On the other side the advent of novel wearable robotic solutions, ranging from soft robotics to underactuated devices, has made possible to reduce fatigue over long lasting walking or during repetitive lifting loads, working in symbiosis with humans. All the above innovations are particular relevant in the medical assistance domain, where technologies offer new opportunities for rehabilitation, e.g. PCI children rehabilitation , or assistance, e.g. assistance to grasp in arm hemiparesis. But what are the challenges that new robotic designers have to address to build novel wearable devices? Science of materials, new tracking technologies, novel actuators, bioengineering based design and ergonomics are the main ingredients to achieve naturalistic human-robot symbiosis.

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Time stamp: 2019-08-26T02:56:55+02:00