I'm working on creating a robotic device capable of oscillating an adult human leg using the knee as pivot, being able to constrain the amplitude of oscillation by controlling the mechanism with a microcontroller and some other electronic components.

The only idea I have to do this is by placing a pair of servomotors and some gears that will rotate the structure that holds the leg and then control the PWM, however I don't think I will be able to find servos strong enough to lift both the structure and the leg, so it would be very useful to hear some suggested mechanism and motors to accomplish this device.

This is what I've tried to do

  • $\begingroup$ A drawing of what you are trying to accomplish would be helpful. $\endgroup$
    – Paul
    Sep 13 '16 at 1:21
  • $\begingroup$ I've just added a rough sketch of what I've tried to do $\endgroup$ Sep 13 '16 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ "I don't think I will be able to find servos strong enough to lift both the structure and the leg" why do you think that? Servo motors come in many strengths and sizes. $\endgroup$ Sep 13 '16 at 8:14
  • $\begingroup$ You could go in a gym and look for a machine that e.g. trains the quadrizeps fermoris (front of upper leg). Now replace the weights with a motor and you should have a first protoype. $\endgroup$
    – FooTheBar
    Sep 13 '16 at 8:21
  • $\begingroup$ This needs more information. If there is no requirement for speed or acceleration, you could use a very small motor as long as the reduction is big enough. You might also think of including passive parallel springs or counter weights to partly compensate for gravity. Are upper and lower leg both free (rather than being fixed to the machine) and is the upper part of the robot fixed to the world? If not, then you might want to consider doing a literature survey to active exoskeletons. $\endgroup$ Sep 20 '16 at 20:59

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