Walking assistance apparatus using a spatial parallel link mechanism and a weight bearing lift

Eiichirou Tanaka*, Yusuke Sato, Tomohiro Sakurai, Kazuhisa Ito, Tadaaki Ikehara, Hirokazu Yusa, Shozo Saegusa, Louis Yuge

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抄録

A prototype for a walking assistance apparatus for the elderly or motor palsy patients was developed as a next-generation vehicle or movable neuro-rehabilitation training appliance, using a novel spatial parallel link mechanism and a bearing lift. The flat steps of the apparatus move in parallel with the ground; the apparatus can support entire leg alignment (including soles) and assist; walking behavior at ankle, knee and hip joints simultaneously. In order to respond the variation of equipped person's walking velocity, the length of stride and walking cycle while walking with wearing the apparatus were compensated by using the relation of walking ratio. Therefore the apparatus can be controlled in response to equipped person's will. Motor palsy and muscle weakness patients can walk by themselves by using the apparatus; patients who have ambulation difficulty can use the apparatus with 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. It is very effective for rehabilitation to use the apparatus with the weight bearing lift. This newly developed system facilitates motor palsy and muscle weakness patients in the rehabilitation program.

本文言語English
ホスト出版物のタイトル2011 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2011 - Rehab Week Zurich 2011
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2011
外部発表はい
イベントRehab Week Zurich 2011 - 2011 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2011 - Zurich, Switzerland
継続期間: 2011 6 272011 7 1

出版物シリーズ

名前IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
ISSN(印刷版)1945-7898
ISSN(電子版)1945-7901

Other

OtherRehab Week Zurich 2011 - 2011 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2011
国/地域Switzerland
CityZurich
Period11/6/2711/7/1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 制御およびシステム工学
  • リハビリテーション
  • 電子工学および電気工学

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