German partnership develops robotic gym

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German robotics solutions company Bec has partnered with German Sport University Cologne to create a robotic strength training system for both elite athletes and individuals.

The RoboGym solution uses sensors to capture an athlete’s movement in real time. It is based on a biomechanical musculoskeletal model that enables it to identify whether a user is working out in the most efficient and ergonomic motion range.

According to the system’s developers, using RoboGym can prevent injuries to joints by harnessing direct bio-feedback, with all training data fed into a cloud-based digital twin.

Featuring Kuka’s KR 160 nano robot, the solution has been designed with a high level of adaptability and adjustability to offer a variety of training possibilities.

A spokesperson for German Sport University Cologne, said: “We investigate human movement, the biological structure and function of the musculoskeletal system.

“The integrative RoboGym approach combines neurophysiological and biomechanical aspects, resulting in a novel human-in-the-loop concept for neuromuscular training.”

Featuring Kuka’s KR 160 nano, RoboGym uses sensors to capture an athlete’s movement in real time

Though originally designed for high-performance sport training, the system’s in-built safety features, including velocity monitoring, enable it to be used for both rehabilitation and strength training by older people.

RoboGym supports three types of training, namely leg press, knee extension and rowing. The system was recently installed at German Sport University Cologne, with a study starting at the end of last year. Its findings reported improved performance capacity.

RoboGym is set to launch commercially this year. Martin Gerlich, CFO of Bec, said: “Our dream is for RoboGym to become the standard in professional sports and rehabilitation, and to be found in every Olympic training facility.”

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