Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Smart Structures, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests cover Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering Materials and Structures (Metals and Composites), Multi-scale Modelling of Materials and Structures, Metal Forming and Metal Surface Treatment.
Abstract— The progress of the aging society in Japan has deteriorated. Therefore, the rehabilitation devices and power assistive devices have been desired from the viewpoint of quality of life. In such devices, a soft actuator is useful to construct a human-friendly rehabilitation device. In addition, the soft actuator with both a longer stroke and a larger generated force is desirable for a rehabilitation device. Therefore, we have developed a various type of flexible linear stepping actuators that can push and pull the flexible tube while changing the gripping position of the tube. They can generate larger force and realize position control without sensor. In this paper, the development of simple rehabilitation device for upper limb using two flexible linear stepping actuator is described. The construction and the operating principle of the simple rehabilitation device are also described. As a result, it can be confirmed that the tested device can give a passive exercise with larger moving area for human arm
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