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Pub. No.:    WO/2010/027968    International Application No.:    PCT/US2009/055600
Publication Date: 11.03.2010 International Filing Date: 01.09.2009
A61F 2/68 (2006.01), F16H 25/00 (2006.01), H02K 41/02 (2006.01)
Applicants: IWALK, INC. [US/US]; 222 Third Street, #3130 Cambridge, MA 02142 (US) (For All Designated States Except US).
HERR, Hugh, Miller [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
CASLER, Rick [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
NOOK, Christopher, M. [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
MARGOLIN, Alexander, S. [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
SIZE, Kristin, Jugenheimer [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
KOWALCZYK, Matthew, Thomas [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
SPALLER, Robert, William [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
THOMPSON, Gregory, Kent [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
DALRYMPLE, Timothy, Mark [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
KESSLER, Seth,S. [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
WEBER, Jeff,Anthony [US/US]; (US) (For US Only).
MURRAY, David, Wayne [US/US]; (US) (For US Only)
Inventors: HERR, Hugh, Miller; (US).
CASLER, Rick; (US).
NOOK, Christopher, M.; (US).
MARGOLIN, Alexander, S.; (US).
SIZE, Kristin, Jugenheimer; (US).
KOWALCZYK, Matthew, Thomas; (US).
SPALLER, Robert, William; (US).
THOMPSON, Gregory, Kent; (US).
DALRYMPLE, Timothy, Mark; (US).
KESSLER, Seth,S.; (US).
WEBER, Jeff,Anthony; (US).
MURRAY, David, Wayne; (US)
Agent: SAARMAA, Erik; Proskauer Rose, LLP One International Place Boston, MA 02110 (US)
Priority Data:
61/231,754 06.08.2009 US
61/094,125 04.09.2008 US
61/161,999 20.03.2009 US
Abstract: front page image
(EN)Hybrid terrain-adaptive lower-extremity apparatus and methods that perform in a variety of different situations by detecting the terrain that is being traversed, and adapting to the detected terrain. In some embodiments, the ability to control the apparatus for each of these situations builds upon five basic capabilities: (1) determining the activity being performed; (2) dynamically controlling the characteristics of the apparatus based on the activity that is being performed; (3) dynamically driving the apparatus based on the activity that is being performed; (4) determining terrain texture irregularities (e.g., how sticky is the terrain, how slippery is the terrain, is the terrain coarse or smooth, does the terrain have any obstructions, such as rocks) and (5) a mechanical design of the apparatus that can respond to the dynamic control and dynamic drive.
(FR)La présente invention concerne un appareil hybride à extrémités inférieures s’adaptant au terrain et des procédés qui fonctionnent dans une variété de situations différentes grâce à la détection du terrain parcouru, s’adaptant au terrain détecté. Selon certains modes de réalisation, la capacité de contrôler l’appareil pour chacune de ces situations repose sur cinq capacités de base : (1) la détermination de l’activité en cours de réalisation; (2) le contrôle dynamique des caractéristiques de l’appareil en fonction de l’activité en cours de réalisation; (3) la commande dynamique de l’appareil en fonction de l’activité en cours de réalisation; (4) la détermination des irrégularités de texture de terrain (par exemple, la nature collante du terrain, la nature glissante du terrain, le caractère rugueux ou lisse du terrain, la présence d’obstructions sur le terrain, telles que des roches); et (5) une conception mécanique de l’appareil qui peut réagir au contrôle dynamique et à la commande dynamique.
Designated States: AE, AG, AL, AM, AO, AT, AU, AZ, BA, BB, BG, BH, BR, BW, BY, BZ, CA, CH, CL, CN, CO, CR, CU, CZ, DE, DK, DM, DO, DZ, EC, EE, EG, ES, FI, GB, GD, GE, GH, GM, GT, HN, HR, HU, ID, IL, IN, IS, JP, KE, KG, KM, KN, KP, KR, KZ, LA, LC, LK, LR, LS, LT, LU, LY, MA, MD, ME, MG, MK, MN, MW, MX, MY, MZ, NA, NG, NI, NO, NZ, OM, PE, PG, PH, PL, PT, RO, RS, RU, SC, SD, SE, SG, SK, SL, SM, ST, SV, SY, TJ, TM, TN, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UG, US, UZ, VC, VN, ZA, ZM, ZW.
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (BW, GH, GM, KE, LS, MW, MZ, NA, SD, SL, SZ, TZ, UG, ZM, ZW)
Eurasian Patent Organization (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM)
European Patent Office (AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HR, HU, IE, IS, IT, LT, LU, LV, MC, MK, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, SM, TR)
African Intellectual Property Organization (BF, BJ, CF, CG, CI, CM, GA, GN, GQ, GW, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG).
Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)