Development of a walking-assistance apparatus for neuro-rehabilitation

Eiichirou Tanaka, Tadaaki Ikehara, Tomohiro Sakurai, Takahiro Suzuki, Shota Roppongi, Shozo Saegusa, Louis Yuge

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We have developed a prototype for a walking-assistance apparatus that serves as a next-generation vehicle or a movable neuro-rehabilitation training appliance for the elderly or motor palsy patients. Our prototype uses a novel spatial parallel link mechanism with a weight-bearing lift. Flat steps of the apparatus move in parallel with the ground; the apparatus supports the entire leg alignment (including soles of the feet) and assists walking behavior at the ankle, knee, and hip joints simultaneously. To estimate the walking phase of each leg of the equipped person, pressure sensors were attached under the thenar eminence and the heel of the sole and the pressure variation at each sensing point was measured. To determine the direction in which the equipped person is walking, a pressure sensor was attached to the flexible crural link. Motor palsy patients and those with muscle weakness can walk with the assistance of the apparatus. Patients who have ambulation difficulty can also use the apparatus with a weight-bearing lift that we developed. Using the apparatus with the weight-bearing lift prevents stumbling and enables input of walking movement to the brain motor area. The validity of the weight-bearing lift can be confirmed from the results of the measured % maximum voluntary contraction (MVC).

元の言語English
ホスト出版物のタイトルMechanisms, Mechanical Transmissions and Robotics
ページ258-265
ページ数8
DOI
出版物ステータスPublished - 2012 4 18
外部発表Yes
イベントJoint International Conference of the XI International Conference on Mechanisms and Mechanical Transmissions, MTM and the International Conference on Robotics, Robotics'12 - Clermont-Ferrand, France
継続期間: 2012 6 62012 6 8

出版物シリーズ

名前Applied Mechanics and Materials
162
ISSN(印刷物)1660-9336
ISSN(電子版)1662-7482

Other

OtherJoint International Conference of the XI International Conference on Mechanisms and Mechanical Transmissions, MTM and the International Conference on Robotics, Robotics'12
France
Clermont-Ferrand
期間12/6/612/6/8

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Tanaka, E., Ikehara, T., Sakurai, T., Suzuki, T., Roppongi, S., Saegusa, S., & Yuge, L. (2012). Development of a walking-assistance apparatus for neuro-rehabilitation. : Mechanisms, Mechanical Transmissions and Robotics (pp. 258-265). (Applied Mechanics and Materials; 巻数 162). https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.162.258