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Project 6: Haptic Shared Control for a Lifting aid



People involved:


Dr.ir. Arno Stienen
Project function: Project Leader; Supervisor Arvid Keemink
Organisation: University of Twente

Dr.ir. David Abbink
Project function: Supervisor Jack Schorsch
Organisation: Delft University of Technology, BioMechanical Engineering

MSc. Arvid Keemink
Project function: PhD candidate, project 6.2
Organisation: University of Twente

MSc. Jack Schorsch
Project function: PhD candidate, project 6.1
Organisation: Delft University of Technology, BioMechanical Engineering

Prof. dr. ir. Frans van der Helm
Project function:
Organisation: Delft University of Technology


Project Goal

Imagine robotic extensions of our body with which we could lift and handle objects or other humans with great ease. The idea to physically assist human operators has been investigated with some degree success, but the prototypes remain bulky and difficult to control. This project aims to design and evaluate a novel lifting aid based on good mechanical design, as well as haptic shared control from additional sensor information regarding the task and the human.
Project 6.1
In this project an initial prototype system will be realized. It will subsequently be used as a testbed on which to design, implement and evaluate electromechanical design and control concepts for haptic shared control. The focus will be on the lifting aid usable for medical care. 
Project 6.2
This project focusses on the design and realization of a second, more advanced prototype, also exploring possibilities for lifting aid deployment in industry. The mechatronic design of the lifting aid will be done in close cooperation with project 6.1 and Intespring, with their expertise in smart spring systems that allow reduced actuator size. Siza and Hankamp Gears will provide advice and testing facilities for prototypes, to ensure the system will be practically usable.
Involved companies
Intespring - www.intespring.nl
Siza - www.siza.nl        
Hankamp Gears - www.hankampgears.nl