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Sensors 2014, 14(1), 1705-1722; doi:10.3390/s140101705
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Wearable Gait Measurement System with an Instrumented Cane for Exoskeleton Control

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Received: 15 November 2013; in revised form: 31 December 2013 / Accepted: 31 December 2013 / Published: 17 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wearable Gait Sensors)
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Abstract: In this research we introduce a wearable sensory system for motion intention estimation and control of exoskeleton robot. The system comprises wearable inertial motion sensors and shoe-embedded force sensors. The system utilizes an instrumented cane as a part of the interface between the user and the robot. The cane reflects the motion of upper limbs, and is used in terms of human inter-limb synergies. The developed control system provides assisted motion in coherence with the motion of other unassisted limbs. The system utilizes the instrumented cane together with body worn sensors, and provides assistance for start, stop and continuous walking. We verified the function of the proposed method and the developed wearable system through gait trials on treadmill and on ground. The achievement contributes to finding an intuitive and feasible interface between human and robot through wearable gait sensors for practical use of assistive technology. It also contributes to the technology for cognitively assisted locomotion, which helps the locomotion of physically challenged people.
Keywords: wearable sensors; motion intention; exoskeleton robot; hemiplegia; cane wearable sensors; motion intention; exoskeleton robot; hemiplegia; cane
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Hassan, M.; Kadone, H.; Suzuki, K.; Sankai, Y. Wearable Gait Measurement System with an Instrumented Cane for Exoskeleton Control. Sensors 2014, 14, 1705-1722.

AMA Style

Hassan M, Kadone H, Suzuki K, Sankai Y. Wearable Gait Measurement System with an Instrumented Cane for Exoskeleton Control. Sensors. 2014; 14(1):1705-1722.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Hassan, Modar; Kadone, Hideki; Suzuki, Kenji; Sankai, Yoshiyuki. 2014. "Wearable Gait Measurement System with an Instrumented Cane for Exoskeleton Control." Sensors 14, no. 1: 1705-1722.



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