Design and Evaluation of the Walking Cane Handle Grip

Kimitomo Taniguchi*, Atsuo Takanishi

*Corresponding author for this work

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: 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
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Biomechanics
  • gait aid
  • walking cane handle grip

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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