single-rb.php

JRM Vol.18 No.4 pp. 401-408
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2006.p0401
(2006)

Paper:

Development of Directional Display Using Forearm Twisting and Human Navigation Experiments

Masamichi Sakaguchi*, Utako Kanuka**, Shigeyuki Shimachi**,
and Akira Hashimoto**

*Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Gokiso-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-8555, Japan

**Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5 Ueda, Morioka, Iwate 020-8551, Japan

Received:
January 17, 2006
Accepted:
February 8, 2006
Published:
August 20, 2006
Keywords:
force display, haptic interface, navigation system, wearable device, mechatronics
Abstract

Advances in sensors, computers, and telecommunications enable us to accurately determine our location and direction in real time when walking. The development of man-machine interfaces that effectively transmit data to the user on position and direction obtained using sensors and computers remains a challenge. Image and voice transmit large amounts of complex information quickly, but distract the user’s attention when images or voice must be interpreted while walking. Users can also acquire information by touching rotating or vibrating objects, although these transmit comparatively little information at a time to user. The tradeoff is that they are intuitive and easy to understand. Hence we consider them suitable for information transmission in walking. Inspired by the seeing-eye dog harness, we conducted direction and walking guidance control by showing twist to the user’s forearm via wearable rotating handle. We outline the development of direction-indicators using forearm twisting, and conduct recognition experiments on this motion. We then propose a feedback control method for directional guidance, and conduct directional guidance experiments. We verify the effectiveness of our proposal in walking navigation control experiments – an application of directional guidance control – and compare it to walking guidance control using a vibrating sensor.

Cite this article as:
M. Sakaguchi, U. Kanuka, S. Shimachi, and <. Hashimoto, “Development of Directional Display Using Forearm Twisting and Human Navigation Experiments,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.18, No.4, pp. 401-408, 2006.
Data files:
References
  1. [1] L. Kay, “A sonar aid to enhance spatial perception of the blind: engineering design and evaluation,” The Radio and Electronic Engineer, Vol.44, No.11, pp. 605-627, 1974.
  2. [2] D. Bissitt, and A. D. Heyes, “An application of bio-feedback in the rehabilitation of the blind,” Applied Ergonomics, Vol.11, No.1, pp. 31-33, 1980.
  3. [3] J. Borenstein, and I. Ulrich, “The GuideCane – A Computerized Travel Aid for the Active Guidance of Blind Pedestrians,” Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, pp. 1283-1288, 1997.
  4. [4] S. J. Kang, Y. H., Kim, and I. H. Moon, “Development of an Intelligent Guide-Stick for the Blind,” Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, pp. 3208-3213, 2001.
  5. [5] S. Kotani, N. Kiyohiro, and H. Mori, “Development of the Robotic Travel Aid for the Visually Impaired,” J. Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers, Vol.51, No.6, pp. 878-885, 1997 (in Japanese).
  6. [6] Y. Kawai, M. Kobayashi, H. Minagawa, M. Miyakawa, and F. Tomita, “A Support System for Visually Impaired Persons using Three-Dimensional Virtual Sound,” IEEJ Trans. Electronics, Information and Systems, Vol.120-C, No.5, pp. 648-655, 2000 (in Japanese).
  7. [7] N. Kitajima, N. Yamamoto, and T. Takeda, “Availability of Auditory Cue for Wayfinding,” Trans. Human Interface Society, Vol.4, No.2, pp. 11-18, 2002 (in Japanese).
  8. [8] M. Yoshie, H. Yano, and H. Iwata, “Development of Non-grounded Force Display Using Gyro Moment Effect,” Trans. Virtual Reality Society of Japan, Vol.7, No.3, pp. 329-338, 2002 (in Japanese).
  9. [9] K. Nakata, N. Nakamura, J. Yamashita, S. Nishihara, and Y. Fukui, “Torque-feedback Device using Angular Momentum Transition,” Trans. Virtual Reality Society of Japan, Vol.6, No.2, pp. 115-120, 2001 (in Japanese).
  10. [10] N. Nakamura, and Y. Fukui, “Development of a Force and Torque Hybrid Display “GyroCubeStick”,” Proc. World Haptics 2005, pp. 633-634, 2005.
  11. [11] H. Ando, K. Obana, J. Watanabe, M. Sugimoto, and T. Maeda, “Development of a rotation moment-type force display using mechanical brakes,&rdquo; Trans. Human Interface Society, Vol.5, No.2, pp. 29-36, 2003 (in Japanese).
  12. [12] A. Kimura, and K. Sato, “–GyroTouch– A Fingertip Haptic Device with stimulation of Reaction Torque,” Trans. Human Interface Society, Vol.4, No.1, pp. 33-39, 2002 (in Japanese).
  13. [13] R. Ikeura, H. Yamashita, and K. Mizutani, “Guidance of Human by Vibration Stimulus,” Trans. Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, Vol.40, No.6, pp. 679-686, 2004 (in Japanese).
  14. [14] K. Tsukada, and M. Yasumura, “ActiveBelt: Belt-type Wearable Tactile Display for Directional Navigation,” Proc. UbiComp 2004, pp. 384-399, 2004.
  15. [15] J. B. F. Van Erp, H. A. H. C. Van Veen, C. Jansen, and T. Dobbins, “Waypoint navigation with a vibrotactile vaist belt,” ACM Trans. on Applied Perception, Vol.2, No.2, pp. 106-117, 2005.
  16. [16] U. Kanuka, M. Sakaguchi, S. Shimachi, and A. Hashimoto, “Basic Examination for Development of Handy Force Navigation Device,” Proc. 19th Annual Conf. Robotics Society of Japan, pp. 189-190, 2001 (in Japanese).
  17. [17] M. Sakaguchi, U. Kanuka, S. Shimachi, and A, Hashimoto, “Development of Force Display Using Forearm Twist Motion and Human Navigation Control,” Proc. 8th Robotics Symposia, pp. 124-129, 2003 (in Japanese).
  18. [18] I. A. Kapandji, “The Physiology of the Joints,” Upper Limb, Vol.1, 5th Ed., Churchill Livingstone, 1982.

*This site is desgined based on HTML5 and CSS3 for modern browsers, e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera.

Last updated on Sep. 24, 2020