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Walking assistance by functional clothes with highly elastic fabric

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6 Author(s)
Akio Shizukai ; Grad. Sch. of Inf. & Eng., Univ. of Electro-Commun., Chofu, Japan ; Tatsuya Seki ; Ryu Kato ; Soichiro Morishita
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We proposed a novel approach to walking assistance by using functional clothes with highly elastic fabric. This strategy can achieve walking assistance without external forces generated by an actuator. In order to examine the effectiveness of the proposed approach, we produced a functional girdle and assessed the extent to which it assisted the hip flexor muscles. We confirmed that the load on the hip flexor muscles decreased during hip flexion while subjects wore the functional clothes.

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Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), 2011 IEEE/ASME International Conference on

Date of Conference:

3-7 July 2011