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JACIII Vol.21 No.4 pp. 737-743
doi: 10.20965/jaciii.2017.p0737
(2017)

Paper:

Development and Evaluation of a Device for Inducing Kinesthetic Illusion of Dual Joint Movements

Yumi Umesawa*, Kouki Doi**, and Hiroshi Fujimoto***

*Graduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda University
2-579-15 Mikajima, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama 359-1192, Japan

**Department of Education Information, National Institute of Special Needs Education
5-1-1 Nobi, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa 239-8585, Japan

***Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University
2-579-15 Mikajima, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama 359-1192, Japan

Received:
September 6, 2016
Accepted:
March 14, 2017
Published:
July 20, 2017
Keywords:
kinesthetic illusion, dual joints movement, interface device of kinesthetic sensation, tendon vibration
Abstract

If kinesthetic sensation can be generated using artificial means, we can experience dynamic sensations in the virtual reality space. Subsequently, it can be used as an instruction tool for rehabilitation. By means of kinesthetic illusion, it is possible to create kinesthetic sensation. In this study, we developed an interface device that creates kinesthetic illusions by inducing vibrations in muscle tendons that coordinate dual joint movements. First, we produced a vibrating device using four vibrators. The rotation of motors moving eccentric weights generated the vibrations. Each motor was independently controlled using specially developed software. Second, we produced vibrator fixation structures, which firmly attached the vibrators to the muscle tendons. Using these structures, the vibrators were maintained in position and allowed to transmit forces to the muscle tendons. Furthermore, we conducted an experiment to evaluate the performance of the kinesthetic illusion device. Accordingly, we created the kinesthetic illusion of drawing figures on a horizontal surface by inducing vibrations in muscle tendons that contribute to dual joint movements. The results demonstrated that, by using this device, it was possible to induce kinesthetic illusions of dual joint movements.

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