The addition of this joint provides more degrees of freedom.
In the near future, the hip will help during an obstacle of the Cybathlon in which the exoskeleton has to walk on a tilted path.
In the long term, this new hip joint could help to make walking with the exoskeleton feel more stable and natural.
The pressure sensors, that can be found in the soles of the feet, measure how the exoskeleton stands on the ground with the user in it.
This way, data is collected that can be used to conduct research into the balance of the exoskeleton.
Another place where sensors can be found that can contribute to the future balance of the exoskeleton is the upper body of the user.
Here, sensors are placed that measure the position of the upper body.
This information can ultimately help to better determine the movement of the user with the exoskeleton.
In the longer term, this can contribute to an important wish of users: an exoskeleton where the crutches are no longer needed.
In the new software of the MARCH IV exoskeleton, modularity is included.
Modularity has been applied here in order to be able to continue to use the current software in the coming years.
Software is often completely discarded when it is no longer understandable or usable.
By applying modularity to the software, you can turn one complex system into divided building blocks.
This allows teams to easily add, replace or dispose of software blocks in the coming years. It is therefore no longer necessary to start all over again if an important change needs to be made.
A new improvement related to the electronics of the MARCH IV, which through the support of Eurocicruits has become a reality, is about our long term goal of reducing the weight and size of the exoskeleton.