Balancing on a narrow ridge: biomechanics and control.

@article{Otten1999BalancingOA,
  title={Balancing on a narrow ridge: biomechanics and control.},
  author={Egbert Otten},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={1999},
  volume={354 1385},
  pages={
          869-75
        }
}
The balance of standing humans is usually explained by the inverted pendulum model. The subject invokes a horizontal ground-reaction force in this model and controls it by changing the location of the centre of pressure under the foot or feet. In experiments I showed that humans are able to stand on a ridge of only a few millimetres wide on one foot for a few minutes. In the present paper I investigate whether the inverted pendulum model is able to explain this achievement. I found that the… CONTINUE READING

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