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Evaluation of Lower Limb Exoskeleton for Improving Balance during Squatting Exercise using Center of Pressure Metrics
SessionPoster Session 1
DescriptionThe foot center of pressure (COP) variability is an important indicator of balance, particularly relevant for rehabilitation and training using wearable lower limb exoskeletons. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of our exoskeleton in assisting squatting motion using the COP variability as a metric. Six human subjects performed alternate squatting and standing movements while their foot pressure and COP trajectories were recorded using insole pressure sensors. The exercises were performed under three conditions: i) no device, ii) unpowered device, and iii) device with optimal stiffness. Results showed that the variability of the COP trajectory in the anterior-posterior direction of the foot during squatting tended to be lower for the optimal stiffness condition than the no device and unpowered device conditions, indicating the potential usefulness of the device in improving balance during squatting. This study has implications for human-in-the-loop optimization and balance control of the exoskeleton based on COP.