Balance Evaluation Automated Testbed (B.E.A.T.) - (english language version)

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Project description
An automatic system for the testing of lower limb exoskeletons used in the neuromotor field will be implemented. The apparatus includes a robotic rotating platform controlled in position and compliance. The platform will be able to support a subject wearing the exoskeleton, and to stress the support base with programmed perturbations. The platform will be equipped with orientation and force sensors, and a pressure matrix to measure the center of pressure of the subject/exoskeleton being tested. All measurement data will be integrated into the management system in the facilities of the Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Purpose: Realization of an apparatus for the standardized automatic testing of the exoskeleton performance. In particular, the system will be specialized to test the balance capabilities of subjects wearing an exoskeleton.
Results: The apparatus will be installed in a single laboratory together with 12 other devices, each dedicated to specific standard tests for exoskeletons, at the Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). This facility will be available to the world's scientific community for testing and benchmarking of commercial and developing exoskeletons in research institutions or advanced technology companies.

Partnership: Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù.

Budget: 187.625 €
Start date:
april 2019
End date: april 2021