Shoes-wearable foot mechanism mimicking characteristics of human's foot arch and skin

Kenji Hashimoto, Hiromitsu Motohashi, Takamichi Takashima, Hun Ok Lim, Atsuo Takanishi

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Abstract

In this study we describe a shoes-wearable foot mechanism which mimics human's foot arch structure and the characteristics of the foot skin to examine the effect of the human foot on biped walking. We approximate the arch structure by a rotational spring and model the human's foot skin with compression springs. The mimesis of the foot arch elasticity is realized by using compression springs. Regarding the characteristics of human's foot skin, first we develop a measuring equipment to measure the human's plantar transverse elasticity. We set the target value of the modulus of transverse elasticity of the foot skin to 11.2 N/mm, and we set the modulus of compression elasticity to 0.136 MPa, referring to a relevant study. The characteristics of human's foot skin are mimicked by using a super-soft urethane resin called Hitohada-gel with 8 mm thick. Through evaluation tests we confirmed that the shoes-wearable foot mechanism could mimic well the characteristics of human's foot arch and skin.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013
Pages686-691
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov 14
Event2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013 - Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 2013 May 62013 May 10

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Conference

Conference2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013
CountryGermany
CityKarlsruhe
Period13/5/613/5/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Hashimoto, K., Motohashi, H., Takashima, T., Lim, H. O., & Takanishi, A. (2013). Shoes-wearable foot mechanism mimicking characteristics of human's foot arch and skin. In 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013 (pp. 686-691). [6630647] (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2013.6630647