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JRM Vol.14 No.6 pp. 538-546
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2002.p0538
(2002)

Paper:

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, 2002
Accepted:
August 20, 2002
Published:
December 20, 2002
Keywords:
biomechanics, bio-motion, musculo-skeletal model, human walk, energy consumption
Abstract

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:
Kazuto Miyawaki, Takehiro Iwami, Goro Obinata, Keiichi Kutsuzawa, and Shinzo 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.
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