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JRM Vol.27 No.6 pp. 706-713
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2015.p0706
(2015)

Paper:

Study on Presentation System for Walking Training Using High-Performance Shoes

Yasuhiro Hayakawa*1, Shogo Kawanaka*2, Kazuma Kanezaki*3, Kosei Minami*4, and Shigeki Doi*5

*1Department of Control Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Nara College
22 Yata-cho, Yamatokoriyama-shi, Nara 639-1080, Japan

*2Advanced Mechanical Engineering Course, National Institute of Technology, Nara College
22 Yata-cho, Yamatokoriyama-shi, Nara 639-1080, Japan

*3Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 226-8503, Japan

*4Department of Mechanical Technology, Saitama University
255 Shimo-Okubo, Sakura-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 338-8570, Japan

*5Department of Electrical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Nara College
22 Yata-cho, Yamatokoriyama-shi, Nara 639-1080, Japan

Received:
April 1, 2015
Accepted:
September 15, 2015
Published:
December 20, 2015
Keywords:
walking training, walk assistance, shoes, rehabilitation, pneumatics
Abstract
Proposed walking training system

The number of accidental falls has been increasing among the elderly as society has aged. The main factor is a deteriorating center of balance due to declining physical performance. Another major factor is that the elderly tend to have bowlegged walking and their center of gravity position of the body tend to swing from side to side during walking. To find ways to counteract falls among the elderly, we developed walking training system to treat the gap in the center of balance. We also designed High-Performance Shoes that showed the status of a person’s balance while walking. We also produced walk assistance from the insole in which insole stiffness corresponding to human sole distribution could be changed to correct the person’s walking status. We constructed our High-Performances Shoes to detect pressure distribution during walking. Comparing normal sole distribution patterns and corrected ones, we confirmed that our assistance system helped change the user’s posture, thereby reducing falls among the elderly.

Cite this article as:
Y. Hayakawa, S. Kawanaka, K. Kanezaki, K. Minami, and S. Doi, “Study on Presentation System for Walking Training Using High-Performance Shoes,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.27, No.6, pp. 706-713, 2015.
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