Evaluation of the Gait of Elderly People using an Assisting Cart (Gait on Slope)
Kazuto Miyawaki, Takehiro Iwami, Goro Obinata, Keiichi Kutsuzawa and Shinzo Nishimura
Akita Prefectural Technology Center, 4-11, Sanuki, Arayacho, Akita-shi, Akita, 010-1632 Japan
Received:July 28, 2002Accepted:August 20, 2002Published:December 20, 2002
Keywords:biomechanics, bio-motion, musculo-skeletal model, human walk, energy consumption
As society ages, equipment for assisting walking is receiving increasing attention. We previously developed a cart to assist walking on flat surfaces and evaluated its effect on user muscular tension and energy consumption. In this paper, we determined energy consumption during slope walking based on a musculoskeletal model; 10% and 15% decreases of energy consumption are achieved with cart assistance in slope ascent and descent. We expect our evaluation to be useful for developing a practical walker.
Cite this article as:K. Miyawaki, T. Iwami, G. Obinata, K. Kutsuzawa, and S. Nishimura, “Evaluation of the Gait of Elderly People using an Assisting Cart (Gait on Slope),” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.14 No.6, pp. 538-546, 2002.Data files:
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