Special Issue on Human Centric, Universal and Interactive Design for Robotics and Mechatronics
Noriyuki Kawarazaki, Tadashi Yoshidome, Nobuto Matsuhira, and Takayuki Tanaka
According to the aged society in Japan, the expectation is high for the development of the human support robot or devices in daily life and in medical treatment and welfare. The human centered design and the universal design are very important concept for creating the useful human support devices. Human centric and universal designs are the designs of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. This special issue provides current researches and developments of human centric, universal and interactive design for robotics and mechatronics. Also, this special issue covers a broad range of research topics, such as human centric design, universal and interactive design, human machine interaction, transport system, housing environment system, rehabilitation devices, multi modal interface, evaluation of the usability, sensor/actuator technologies for assistive system, robotics and mechatronics to support elderly persons. We thank the authors for their fine contributions and the reviewers for their generous time and effort. In closing, we thank the Editorial Board of the Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics for helping make this issue possible.