Tremor is a rhythmical and involuntary oscillatory movement of a body part. Mechanical loading via wearable exoskeletons is a non-invasive tremor suppression alternative to medical treatments. In this approach, the challenge is attenuating the tremor without affecting the patient’s intentional motion. An adaptive tremor suppression algorithm was designed to estimate and restrict motion within the tremor frequency band. An experimental setup was designed and developed to simulate the dynamics of a human arm joint with intentional and tremorous motion. The required orthotic suppressive force was applied via a pneumatic cylinder. The algorithm was implemented with a real-time controller and experimental results show tracking of the tremor frequency and a 97% reduction of tremor amplitude at the fundamental frequency.

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