The aim is the development of the basic components for human robotics and related technologies for space applications and to foster all related spin-offs for terrestrial applications. The activities are focused on the development of components for a smart exoskeleton, according to the following:
- study and optimization of joints, transmission, geometry and control for the exoskeleton;
- development and characterization of new structural metallic alloys through additive manufacturing;
- development of components for the exoskeleton control through surface physiology parameters (e.g. EMG signals);
- development and characterization of new polymeric multifunctional materials (e.g. electroactive polymers);
- characterization of astronaut’s gloves in different configurations and pressure conditions.
In particular, a demonstrator of a finger exoskeleton to be embedded in an astronaut’s glove is under study, based on new metal alloys and polymers, with distributed sensing skin and an EMG feedback control.