I mentioned in my last post that one of the major challenges has been connecting the device to the body. It needs to be comfortable yet rigid. Thinking that using molded plastic to better make that connection would be a good approach, I scored this great hip brace off of eBay for $40. It has a molded plastic piece that goes around the waist and cinches with a Velcro strap. That top piece then has molded plastic hip cups or guards which, so far in testing with it, seem to keep the brace quite rigid on the body. It’s much better than just using the strapping as I was doing in the first prototype.
Here’s another pic of the back of the brace:
Now the question is how to mount the motor to the brace. I took the brace hinge apart to see what I might be able to reuse of that but I haven’t come up with anything concrete yet although I have a couple of ideas. I’ll post back here with my progress.