Development of the augmented musculature device.

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We developed an Augmented Musculature Device (AMD) that assists the movements of its wearer. It has direct application to aiding military and law enforcement personnel, the neurologically impaired, or those requiring any type of cybernetic assistance. The AMD consists of a collection of artificial muscles, each individually actuated, strategically placed along the surface of the human body. The actuators employed by the AMD are known as 'air muscles' and operate pneumatically. They are commercially available from several vendors and are relatively inexpensive. They have a remarkably high force-to-weight ratio--as high as 400:1 (as compared with 16:1 typical of DC motors). ... continued below

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Rohrer, Brandon Robinson & Pankretz, Ty December 1, 2004.

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We developed an Augmented Musculature Device (AMD) that assists the movements of its wearer. It has direct application to aiding military and law enforcement personnel, the neurologically impaired, or those requiring any type of cybernetic assistance. The AMD consists of a collection of artificial muscles, each individually actuated, strategically placed along the surface of the human body. The actuators employed by the AMD are known as 'air muscles' and operate pneumatically. They are commercially available from several vendors and are relatively inexpensive. They have a remarkably high force-to-weight ratio--as high as 400:1 (as compared with 16:1 typical of DC motors). They are flexible and elastic, even when powered, making them ideal for interaction with humans.

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  • Report No.: SAND2004-5377
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • DOI: 10.2172/920123 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 920123
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc901470

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Rohrer, Brandon Robinson & Pankretz, Ty. Development of the augmented musculature device., report, December 1, 2004; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc901470/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.