Actuators 2013, 2(4), 86-110; doi:10.3390/act2040086
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Overview of Actuated Arm Support Systems and Their Applications

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Received: 8 August 2013; in revised form: 12 September 2013 / Accepted: 26 September 2013 / Published: 2 October 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human Centered Actuators)
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Abstract: Arm support systems provide support throughout daily tasks, training or in an industrial environment. During the last decades a large diversity of actuated arm support systems have been developed. To analyze the actuation principles in these systems, an overview of actuated arm support systems is provided. This overview visualizes the current trends on research and development of these support systems and distinguishes three categories. These categories depend mainly on the functional status of the user environment, which defines the specifications. Therefore, the actuated arm support systems are classified according to their user environment, namely: ambulatory, rehabilitation and industrial. Furthermore, three main actuation principles and three mechanical construction principles have been identified.
Keywords: assistive devices; arm support systems; actuation; orthosis; dynamic arm support; exoskeleton
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van Ninhuijs, B.; van der Heide, L.; Jansen, J.; Gysen, B.; van der Pijl, D.; Lomonova, E. Overview of Actuated Arm Support Systems and Their Applications. Actuators 2013, 2, 86-110.

AMA Style

van Ninhuijs B, van der Heide L, Jansen J, Gysen B, van der Pijl D, Lomonova E. Overview of Actuated Arm Support Systems and Their Applications. Actuators. 2013; 2(4):86-110.

Chicago/Turabian Style

van Ninhuijs, B.; van der Heide, L.A.; Jansen, J.W.; Gysen, B.L.J.; van der Pijl, D.J.; Lomonova, E.A. 2013. "Overview of Actuated Arm Support Systems and Their Applications." Actuators 2, no. 4: 86-110.

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