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Springactive, Inc. | Date: 2015-10-07

A load support device has a first link assembly coupled to a load and a first foot of a user. A first damping element is coupled to the first link assembly. The first damping element includes a double acting piston configured to provide uni-directional damping. A first sensor is disposed on a first limb of the user. A physical characteristic of the first limb is measured with the first sensor. A damping constant of the first damping element is selected based on the physical characteristic of the first limb. A second link assembly is coupled to the load and to a second foot of the user. A second damping element is coupled to the second link assembly between the load and the second foot. The load is alternately supported by the first link assembly and damping element and the second link assembly and damping element throughout a gait cycle.


Patent
Springactive, Inc. | Date: 2014-05-06

A joint torque augmentation system includes linkage assembly configured to couple to a user. Linkage assembly includes a unidirectional link and a device joint. The linkage assembly is worn by a user or is configured to couple to footwear. An actuator is coupled to the linkage assembly to provide a torque at a joint of the user. A sensor is coupled to the user to measure a position of the user. A control system is coupled to the sensor and actuator. A phase of gait for the user is determined by the control system based on the position measured by the sensor. The actuator produces a tension force on the linkage assembly during a first phase of gait. A compliant element is coupled between the actuator and linkage assembly. The compliant element is tuned based on a load carried by the user.


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Springactive, Inc. | Date: 2014-05-03

A prosthetic joint device includes a foot portion and a main body pivotally coupled to the foot portion at a first joint. A first compliant member is coupled to the main body and foot portion. A first clutch is coupled to the first compliant member. An actuator is coupled to the first clutch to lock and unlock the first clutch and engage and disengage the first compliant member. A control system is coupled to the actuator to control the actuator based on a gait activity. The first clutch is locked to engage the first compliant member. A second compliant member is coupled to the main body and foot portion. A sensor is coupled to the prosthetic joint device to measure a physical state of the prosthetic joint device. The engagement and disengagement of the first compliant member is timed based on the physical state of the prosthetic joint device.


Patent
Springactive, Inc. | Date: 2014-03-13

A method of controlling a gait device includes a first sensor disposed on a first mobile body. A physical state of the first mobile body is measured using the first sensor to obtain a first physical state measurement. A second sensor is disposed on a second mobile body. A physical state of the second mobile body is measured using the second sensor to obtain a second physical state measurement. The first and second physical state measurements are conditioned by pseudo integration. A reference function is based on a gait activity. A reference function is determined by measuring a physical state of an able-bodied human and correlating an output position of the actuator to the physical state of the able-bodied human. A command is generated by inputting the first and second physical state measurements into the reference function to control an actuator of the gait device to match the output position.


Patent
Springactive, Inc. | Date: 2014-03-15

A load support device includes a first link coupled to a load. A second link is configured to couple to footwear. The second link is pivotally coupled to the first link. The first and second link comprise a link assembly. A first compliant member is disposed between the load and the second link. The first compliant member includes a tension spring or a compression spring. The link assembly further includes a tension cable coupled to the first compliant member. A first actuator is coupled to the first compliant member to control a stiffness of the first compliant member. A sensor is configured to couple to a user to measure a physical state of the user. A control system controls the first actuator based on a gait activity. The first actuator is actuated based on the physical state of the user. The load support device is tuned based on the load.

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