21 March 2006 Cycling chair: a novel vehicle for people with lower-limb disability
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Proceedings Volume 6040, ICMIT 2005: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials; 60401X (2006) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.664239
Event: ICMIT 2005: Merchatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials, 2005, Chongqing, China
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.
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Takayuki Takahashi, Yuuki Nishiyyama, Yukiko Ozawa, Eiji Nakano, Yasunobu Handa, "Cycling chair: a novel vehicle for people with lower-limb disability", Proc. SPIE 6040, ICMIT 2005: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials, 60401X (21 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.664239; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.664239
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