Development of Soft Power-Assist Glove and Control Based on Human Intent
Yoko Kadowaki, Toshiro Noritsugu, Masahiro Takaiwa,
Daisuke Sasaki, and Machiko Kato
The Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, 3-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama 700-8530, Japan
The purpose of this study is to develop a soft-material power-assist glove for hand grasping in daily life by older or disabled persons. Such a glove must be compact, lightweight, and flexible. The glove we developed consists of rubber and cloth, and is user-friendly. This paper describes the types of rubber muscle and the soft power-assist glove, together with control based on human intent and the effectiveness of our proposal.
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