JRM Vol.21 No.3 pp. 353-358
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2009.p0353


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

September 29, 2008
February 28, 2009
June 20, 2009
walking support, pneumatic driving system, energy-autonomous

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.

Cite this article as:
M. Takaiwa and T. Noritsugu, “Development of Energy Autonomous Type Pneumatic Walking Support Shoes,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.21, No.3, pp. 353-358, 2009.
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