The effect of tactile ground surface indicators to the gait of human with normal vision

Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Takamichi Takashima, Mieko Hayashi, Hiroshi Fujimoto

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    Abstract

    A large number of tactile ground surface indicators for sight disables are constructed on sidewalks in Japan. These indicators have many protuberances, so sight disables can detect them. However, these protuberances could be an extra barrier for people who do not use those indicators. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of tactile ground surface indicators to human gait. Especially toe clearance to avoid tripping. Subjects were 9 young male with normal vision. Those subjects were asked to walk through the path with three different surfaces ; a warning indicators constructed path, a leading indicators constructed path, and a no indicators constructed path. Measurements were carried out using a VICON 3D tracking system and 8 force plates. When they walked through the paths with either indicators, minimum toe clearances was significantly increased for most of the subjects. We also found hip moments are the most common cause to increase minimum toe clearances.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1274-1280
    Number of pages7
    JournalNippon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, C Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part C
    Volume69
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2003 May

    Keywords

    • Bio-Motion
    • Biomechanics
    • Human Engineering
    • Measurement
    • Tactile Ground Surface Indicators

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanical Engineering

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    The effect of tactile ground surface indicators to the gait of human with normal vision. / Kobayashi, Yoshiyuki; Takashima, Takamichi; Hayashi, Mieko; Fujimoto, Hiroshi.

    In: Nippon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, C Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part C, Vol. 69, No. 5, 05.2003, p. 1274-1280.

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