We will conduct a systematic, lab-based study to support future decisions regarding study protocols (i.e., number of trials and sessions) for a given exoskeleton type and task of interest. Several task types (basic activities, static tasks, and dynamic tasks) will be examined, and during which a broad set of objective and subjective measures will be obtained including muscle activation levels, joint kinematics, perceived exertion, and aspects of usability. Completing the proposed work will provide important practical information to enable efficient and reliable assessments of exoskeleton use under different task conditions
exoskeleton; measurement reliability; study design
Reliable and efficient assessments of the effects of exoskeleton use are critical to support the development of exoskeleton testing and evaluation standards and use recommendations; using measures that are unreliable (inconsistent) or insensitive (not responsive to exoskeleton use) can mask the true effects of exoskeleton use. Findings from the proposed work can be utilized by researchers to design an efficient and effective study.
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