As the ageing population is becoming a more serious issue in many countries, revolutionary muscular exercise is considered a solution for healthy ageing. However, the technology for the exercise still stays in the old ways. Moreover, there are only a few engineering supports or robotic devices which focuses on muscular exercises.
To address this issue, Motion Control Lab has developing muscle training robot system with the following research topics.
1.Compliant actuator design and control for safe human-robot interaction
2.Exercise robot mechanism design
3.Programmable exercise load design with consideration of muscle contraction
MCL has developed dynamic dumbbell, a novel robotic device for advanced muscular exercise through this project. The exercise load model, which is named as programmable exercise load, is realized by using the dynamic dumbbell. Two rotary Series Elastic Actuators (SEA) are utilized in dynamic Dumbbell to generate the programmable exercise load. The SEAs are controlled using a high-performance force control algorithm.
Based on this, we are in the process of expanding to a wide robot-aided application that enables various types of exercise as shown in the figures below.
1. International conference: A Two-Staged Residual for Resilient External Torque Estimation with Series Elastic Actuators, Chan Lee and Jinoh Lee, pp817-823, IEEE Humanoids 2017, 2017
2. International conference: Dynamic Dumbbell – Novel Muscle Training Robot with Programmable Exercise Load, Chan Lee and Sehoon Oh, 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018). (submitted)
3. Patent: Actuating Device for Measuring Force, 10-2018-0010878, Chan Lee and Sehoon Oh. (pending)
This work was supported by,
1. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea(MOTIE) (NO. 10080547)
2. The National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) grant(NRF-2016R1A2B4016163)
3. Global PH.D Fellowship Program funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2016H1A2A1907509).