KineAssist: A robotic overground gait and balance training device

Michael Peshkin, David A. Brown, Julio J. Santos-Munné, Alex Makhlin, Ela Lewis, J. Edward Colgate, James Patton, Doug Schwandt

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Abstract

The KineAssist is a robotic device for gait and balance training. A user-needs analysis led us to focus on increasing the level of challenge to a patient's ability to maintain balance during gait training, and also on maintaining direct involvement of a physical therapist (rather than attempting robotic replacement.) The KineAssist provides partial body weight support and postural torques on the torso; allows many axes of motion of the trunk as well as of the pelvis; leaves the patient's legs accessible to a physical therapist during walking; servo-follows a patient's walking motions overground in forward, rotation, and sidestepping directions; and catches a patient who begins to fall. Design and development of the KineAssist proceeded more rapidly in the context of a small company than would have been possible in most research contexts. A prototype KineAssist has been constructed, and has received FDA approval and IRB clearance for initial human studies. We describe the KineAssist's motivation, design, and use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2005
Pages241-246
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2005 IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2005 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Jun 28 2005Jul 1 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2005 IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
Volume2005

Conference

Conference2005 IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2005
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period6/28/057/1/05

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Peshkin, M., Brown, D. A., Santos-Munné, J. J., Makhlin, A., Lewis, E., Colgate, J. E., Patton, J., & Schwandt, D. (2005). KineAssist: A robotic overground gait and balance training device. In Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2005 (pp. 241-246). [1501094] (Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics; Vol. 2005). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICORR.2005.1501094