Development of Energy Autonomous Type Pneumatic Walking Support Shoes
Masahiro Takaiwa and Toshiro Noritsugu
The Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University
3-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Okayama 700-8530, Japan
One of the most common causes of injury among the elderly is falls caused mainly by age-related muscular deterioration, particularly in dorsiflexion. Walking plays an important role their independence and well-being. Unlike previously proposed active assist systems, our assist approach used user power rather than an external source such as electricity, making it energy-autonomous. Required specifications for the equipment are derived and the validity of proposed walking support shoes is verified through some experiments.
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