Running Augmentation/Assistance with Exoskeleton


This team has developed a running augmentive/assistive exoskeleton to reduce a metabolic cost (physical load) of a runner. This exoskeleton aims to improve human speed of moving in daily life by running. The exoskeleton attaches parallel springs to legs at desired moments estimeted by running phases. The parallel springs store and restore energy, lost in normal running, during a stance phase, and reduces leg muscle activities.


  • N.Kubota and Y.Hasegawa: "Running Assistive Exoskeleton with a Side Mechanism", International Conference on Advanced Mechatronics (ICAM), 1A1-11, 2015