Walking assistance apparatus using a spatial parallel link mechanism and a weight bearing lift

Eiichirou Tanaka, Yusuke Sato, Tomohiro Sakurai, Kazuhisa Ito, Tadaaki Ikehara, Hirokazu Yusa, Shozo Saegusa, Louis Yuge

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Abstract

A prototype for a walking assistance apparatus for the elderly or motor palsy patients was developed as a next-generation vehicle or movable neuro-rehabilitation training appliance, using a novel spatial parallel link mechanism and a bearing lift. The flat steps of the apparatus move in parallel with the ground; the apparatus can support entire leg alignment (including soles) and assist; walking behavior at ankle, knee and hip joints simultaneously. In order to respond the variation of equipped person's walking velocity, the length of stride and walking cycle while walking with wearing the apparatus were compensated by using the relation of walking ratio. Therefore the apparatus can be controlled in response to equipped person's will. Motor palsy and muscle weakness patients can walk by themselves by using the apparatus; patients who have ambulation difficulty can use the apparatus with weight bearing lift that we developed. Using the apparatus with the weight bearing lift prevents stumbling and enables input of walking movement to the brain motor area. It is very effective for rehabilitation to use the apparatus with the weight bearing lift. This newly developed system facilitates motor palsy and muscle weakness patients in the rehabilitation program.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventRehab Week Zurich 2011 - 2011 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2011 - Zurich
Duration: 2011 Jun 272011 Jul 1

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OtherRehab Week Zurich 2011 - 2011 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2011
CityZurich
Period11/6/2711/7/1

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Keywords

  • neuro-rehabilitation
  • spatial parallel link mechanism
  • walking assistance
  • walking ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medicine(all)

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Tanaka, E., Sato, Y., Sakurai, T., Ito, K., Ikehara, T., Yusa, H., ... Yuge, L. (2011). Walking assistance apparatus using a spatial parallel link mechanism and a weight bearing lift. In IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics [5975469] https://doi.org/10.1109/ICORR.2011.5975469

Walking assistance apparatus using a spatial parallel link mechanism and a weight bearing lift. / Tanaka, Eiichirou; Sato, Yusuke; Sakurai, Tomohiro; Ito, Kazuhisa; Ikehara, Tadaaki; Yusa, Hirokazu; Saegusa, Shozo; Yuge, Louis.

IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics. 2011. 5975469.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Tanaka, E, Sato, Y, Sakurai, T, Ito, K, Ikehara, T, Yusa, H, Saegusa, S & Yuge, L 2011, Walking assistance apparatus using a spatial parallel link mechanism and a weight bearing lift. in IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics., 5975469, Rehab Week Zurich 2011 - 2011 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2011, Zurich, 11/6/27. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICORR.2011.5975469
Tanaka E, Sato Y, Sakurai T, Ito K, Ikehara T, Yusa H et al. Walking assistance apparatus using a spatial parallel link mechanism and a weight bearing lift. In IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics. 2011. 5975469 https://doi.org/10.1109/ICORR.2011.5975469
Tanaka, Eiichirou ; Sato, Yusuke ; Sakurai, Tomohiro ; Ito, Kazuhisa ; Ikehara, Tadaaki ; Yusa, Hirokazu ; Saegusa, Shozo ; Yuge, Louis. / Walking assistance apparatus using a spatial parallel link mechanism and a weight bearing lift. IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics. 2011.
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