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Cycling chair: a novel vehicle for people with lower-limb disability
Author(s): Takayuki Takahashi; Yuuki Nishiyyama; Yukiko Ozawa; Eiji Nakano; Yasunobu Handa
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Paper Abstract

The goal of our research is to develop a practical vehicle for lower limbs disabled to improve their mobility and health. The most significant mechanical character of the proposed vehicle is that it is driven by the lower limbs of the disabled themselves. We call it as Cycling Chair. Disuse of the lower limbs leads many subsidiary issues on health, deteriorating the whole-body circulation, it is the most serious problem, cases so-called the disuse syndrome. The proposed Cycling Chair solves those problems by using the leg-driven mechanism. In this paper, the mechanism of the Cycling Chair and the way to drive the chair by paraplegics are discussed. Some experimental results are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6040, ICMIT 2005: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials, 60401X (21 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.664239
Show Author Affiliations
Takayuki Takahashi, Fukushima Univ. (Japan)
Yuuki Nishiyyama, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)
Yukiko Ozawa, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)
Eiji Nakano, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)
Yasunobu Handa, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6040:
ICMIT 2005: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials
Yunlong Wei; Kil To Chong; Takayuki Takahashi; Shengping Liu; Zushu Li; Zhongwei Jiang; Jin Young Choi, Editor(s)

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