Measuring stress in children using an exoskeleton

Categorie(s) : Innovation & Society, News, Research

Published : 2 December 2019

Leti, in research conducted as part of the EU Motion project, which kicked off in September 2019, will develop a method for measuring the stress experienced by children who cannot walk due to neurological disorders when they are in an upright position with the support of an exoskeleton.

Most of the project partners are focusing on the children’s exoskeleton. Leti, however, is tackling data fusion. The goal is to combine the physiological data—heart and respiratory rates and electrical conductivity of the skin—measured while the child is using the exoskeleton to create a stress model that shows what the child is feeling (comfort, discomfort, confidence, fear of falling, etc.). Ultimately, the model will power a feedback loop that will adapt the movement (speed, range of motion) of the exoskeleton according to the level of stress felt by the child.


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