Technology, and the way in which we interact with it, is constantly evolving. With industry entering a new evolution, commonly defined as ‘Industry 4.0’, the concept of human-machine interaction (HMI) has been defined as a key pillar, in particular human-robot collaboration (HRC).
HRCs have been suggested as the next step forward in helping to reduce the biomechanical overload of workers performing heavy and repetitive tasks. The end goal would be to create a working environment that combines typical mechanical strength with human inimitable skills.
With the increased use of myoelectrical control within robotics, ergonomics may just well be one of the future applications. An EMG powered robot has the potential to recreate physical movement whilst minimizing the physical exertion of the operator. As is shown in the example below, EMG data can be used in a variety of ways to help lessen the load and mechanical work of the user.