A Study of a Handrim-Activated Power-Assist Wheelchair Based on a Non-Contact Torque Sensor
AbstractDemand for wheelchairs is increasing with growing numbers of aged and disabled persons. Manual wheelchairs are the most commonly used assistive device for mobility because they are convenient to transport. Manual wheelchairs have several advantages but are not easy to use for the elderly or those who lack muscular strength. Therefore, handrim-activated power-assist wheelchairs (HAPAW) that can aid driving power with a motor by detecting user driving intentions through the handrim are being researched. This research will be on HAPAW that judge user driving intentions by using non-contact torque sensors. To deliver the desired motion, which is sensed from handrim rotation relative to a fixed controller, a new driving wheel mechanism is designed by applying a non-contact torque sensor, and corresponding torques are simulated. Torques are measured by a driving wheel prototype and compared with simulation results. The HAPAW prototype was developed using the wheels and a driving control algorithm that uses left and right input torques and time differences are used to check if the non-contact torque sensor can distinguish users’ driving intentions. Through this procedure, it was confirmed that the proposed sensor can be used effectively in HAPAW. View Full-Text
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Nam, K.-T.; Jang, D.-J.; Kim, Y.C.; Heo, Y.; Hong, E.-P. A Study of a Handrim-Activated Power-Assist Wheelchair Based on a Non-Contact Torque Sensor. Sensors 2016, 16, 1251.
Nam K-T, Jang D-J, Kim YC, Heo Y, Hong E-P. A Study of a Handrim-Activated Power-Assist Wheelchair Based on a Non-Contact Torque Sensor. Sensors. 2016; 16(8):1251.Chicago/Turabian Style
Nam, Ki-Tae; Jang, Dae-Jin; Kim, Yong C.; Heo, Yoon; Hong, Eung-Pyo. 2016. "A Study of a Handrim-Activated Power-Assist Wheelchair Based on a Non-Contact Torque Sensor." Sensors 16, no. 8: 1251.
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