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  • Authors: Pujana-Arrese, Aron; Gimeno, Jesús; Landaluze, Joseba; Fernández, Marcos
  • (2008).
  • Publication types: Article
  • URL Publication: ISC'08: Virtual Prototyping and Multi-Modal Interfaces to Test the Control of an Orthosis
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  • Abstract:

    The test of wearable robots with users can be dangerous, especially initially, when the control algorithms and the controller are tested. The use of virtual prototypes, as opposed to creating real ones, whilst not eliminating the need to manufacture an ultimate prototype for the final tests, eliminates intermediate tests which could potentially be dangerous for a user. Multi-modal interaction and virtual prototyping are used to test and evaluate the controllers. The Ikerlan research centre has designed a 2 DoF arm orthosis to research the issue of the interaction of such devices with the environment. This orthosis was not physically constructed, but a virtual prototype was created for testing the performance of the different control algorithms implemented.. The multi-modal interfaces considered are composed of traditional devices, one haptic device (Phantom) and a video-based motion capture and mark recognition system. As a result, two test platforms have been developed, where the orthosis is tested in Real-Time simulation based on the real movements of the user. Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and videobased optical motion capture techniques are used in order to evaluate a prototype.