Development of Power-Assist Machine Using Linkage Mechanism
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsuyama National College of Technology, 624-1 Numa, Tsuyama-shi, Okayama 708-8509, Japan
Walking assist machine
As Japan has become an increasingly aging society, various power-assist equipment have been developed, for instance, a robot suit called HAL used to assist the elderly in walking when their muscles have become weakened and a power assisting suit for farmers to reduce their burdens in agricultural work. The main problem in developing such power-assist equipment is light weight and low price. We have developed the power-assist machine that uses only one actuator for assisting the movement of multiple joints.
-  H. Inoue and T. Noritsugu, “Development of Walking Assist Machine Using Linkage Mechanism – Mechanism and Its Fundamental Motion –,” J. of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol.22, No.2, pp. 189-196, 2010.