Upper Body of Dummy Humanoid Robot with Exterior Deformation Mechanism for Evaluation of Assistive Products and Technologies

  • Ogata Kunihiro
    Research Institute, National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • Kawamura Tomoya
    Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology
  • Ono Eiichi
    Research Institute, National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • Nakayama Tsuyoshi
    Research Institute, National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • Matsuhira Nobuto
    Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology

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  • Development Report : Upper Body of Dummy Humanoid Robot with Exterior Deformation Mechanism for Evaluation of Assistive Products and Technologies

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<p>People suffering from tetraplegia are unable to perform many activities of daily living, such as dressing and toileting. The purpose of this study is to develop a dummy humanoid robot to assess assistive products and technologies for patients of tetraplegia. This paper describes the mechanism, motion planning, and sensing system of the dummy robot. The proposed dummy robot has upper-arm mechanisms that simulate the human collarbones based on a functional anatomy. To realize a variety of body shapes, the proposed robot has deformation mechanisms that use linear actuators and rotating servo-motors. The sensing system of the dummy robot can measure clothing pressure before and after exterior deformation is measured, and can hence detect changes in it.</p>

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