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Pneumatic Assist Device for Gait Restoration

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M. Shiraishi

Ibaraki University, Hitachi, Japan

H. Watanabe

Sankyo Seiki Mfg. Co., Ltd., Development Section, Ina Plant, Uenohara, Ina-Shi, Nagano, Japan

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 118(1), 9-14 (Mar 01, 1996) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2801158 History: Received January 01, 1993; Revised September 01, 1994; Online December 03, 2007

Abstract

An assist device for gait restoration powered by body weight has been developed using pneumatic equipment. The aim of this system is to assist people who have weakened lower limbs and require rehabilitation for walking. An experimental design system based on a mechanical bracing structure demonstrates the possibility of using upper body weight to power a pneumatically operated assistive walking system for weakened lower limbs. Continuous forward stepping can be achieved by shifting the upper body weight consecutively from one walking stick to the other through the upper limbs. The main feature of the proposed device is that an individual “walks” using his own energy.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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