Masahiro Takaiwa

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In this study, in order to realize an assist of independent life for the elderly or people in need of care and relieve a physical burden for care worker, an active support splint driven by pneumatic soft actuator (ASSIST) has been developed. ASSIST consists of a plastic interface with the palm and arm and two rotary-type soft actuators put in both sides of(More)
The purpose of this study is to develop a wearable power assist device for hand grasping in order to support activity of daily living (ADL) safely and easily. In this paper, the mechanism of the developed power assist device is described, and then the effectiveness of this device is discussed experimentally.
In the coming advanced age society, an innovative technology to assist the activities of daily living of elderly and disabled people and the heavy work in nursing is desired. To develop such a technology, an actuator safe and friendly for human is required. It should be small, lightweight and has to provide a proper softness. A pneumatic rubber artificial(More)
Absfracf-The goal of this study is to develop a mechanical system which display elastic characteristic like stiffness on the surface of human body aiming at applying to palpation simulator. Pneumatic parallel manipulator is employed as a driving mechanism, consequently, it brings capability of minute force displaying property owing to the air(More)
In this study, we aim at developing a mechanical device to support human rehabilitation motion of their wrist joint instead of a physiotherapist. Pneumatic parallel manipulator is introduced as a mechanical equipment from a view that pneumatic actuators bring minute force control property owing to the air compressibility and parallel manipulator's feature(More)
Many kinds of power assist device have been developed, and are driven with various actuators such as an electric motor, a hydraulic cylinder and so on. By using the exoskeleton, a high generated torque actuator can be introduced. An assist performance of these devices becomes high. On the other hand, a realization of exoskeleton which has the same D.O.F of(More)