Design and evaluation of the walking cane handle grip

Kimitomo Taniguchi, Atsuo Takanishi

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    Abstract

    This study seeks to optimize the grip shape of canes used as walking aids. We developed a prototype shaped to reduce the dorsiflexion of the wrist joint, which we believe is a cause of wrist pain. The stability of the prototype grip is evaluated using a floor reaction force gauge based on a Nintendo Wii Balance Board [RVL-021]. The grips of conventional (S grip) and the prototype (P grip) cane were compared to find a significant difference in the behavior of anterior-posterior movement. These results indicate that the prototype showed good weight shift, and that the proposed grip design improved the stability of weight transfer during walking.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)203-207
    Number of pages5
    JournalInternational Journal of Automation and Smart Technology
    Volume5
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Keywords

    • Biomechanics
    • Gait aid
    • Walking cane handle grip

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Hardware and Architecture
    • Signal Processing
    • Artificial Intelligence

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