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  1. Content type: Research Article

    In the current study, we tested a prototype of an isokinetic exercise device for the lower limbs, named the ERIK. The ERIK enables a type of single-limb squat exercise with a translational load on the swing le...

    Authors: Ken’ichi Koyanagi, Yoshinori Kimura, Maki Koyanagi, Akio Inoue, Takumi Tamamoto, Kei Sawai, Tatsuo Motoyoshi, Hiroyuki Masuta and Toru Oshima

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:15

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  2. Content type: Research Article

    In recent years, the total number of physical therapists is increasing in Japan. However, it is not sufficient to nurse of patients requiring long-term care. In order to cope with the shortage of manpower, it ...

    Authors: Yudai Kitano, Tsutomu Tanzawa and Kazutaka Yokota

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:13

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  3. Content type: Research Article

    In this paper, we aimed to establish a novel method for surface condition measurement for the indoor floor. To measure the surface condition, we proposed wiping motion that to stroke the target surface with chang...

    Authors: Koichiro Matsumoto and Kimitoshi Yamazaki

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:11

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  4. Content type: Development Report

    Baseball has been enjoyed by many generations and there are many people who play the game. Swing speed increases are generally required to develop ideal batting skill; nevertheless, no study has proposed a sys...

    Authors: Teppei Onishi, Kazuhiro Yasuda, Suguru Kawata and Hiroyasu Iwata

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:12

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  5. Content type: Research Article

    Surpassing the world record in athletic performance requires extensive use of kinematic and dynamic motion analyses to develop novel body usage skills and training methods. Performance beyond the current world...

    Authors: Akihiko Murai, Hiroaki Hobara, Satoru Hashizume, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi and Mitsunori Tada

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:10

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  6. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the authors reported that one of the authors’ name is spelled incorrectly. In this Correction the incorrect and correct author name are shown. The original pu...

    Authors: Abu Ubaidah Shamsudin, Kazunori Ohno, Ryunosuke Hamada, Shotaro Kojima, Thomas Westfechtel, Takahiro Suzuki, Yoshito Okada, Satoshi Tadokoro, Jun Fujita and Hisanori Amano

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:9

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    The original article was published in ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:7

  7. Content type: Research Article

    For household humanoid robots, reaching as much workspace as possible with their hands is an important issue because the locations of target objects may range from the floor to above the robot’s head. At the s...

    Authors: Satoki Tsuichihara, Yuya Hakamata, Gustavo Alfonso Garcia Ricardez, Jun Takamatsu and Tsukasa Ogasawara

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:8

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  8. Content type: Research Article

    The objective of this study was to achieve simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) of firefighter robots for petrochemical complexes. Consistency of the SLAM map is important because human operators compa...

    Authors: Abu Ubaidah Shamsudin, Kazunori Ohno, Ryunosuke Hamada, Shotaro Kojima, Thomas Westfechtel, Takahiro Suzuki, Yoshito Okada, Satoshi Tadokoro, Jun Fujita and Hisanori Amano

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:7

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    The Correction to this article has been published in ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:9

  9. Content type: Research article

    How to improve task performance and how to control a robot in extreme environments when just a few sensors can be used to obtain environmental information are two of the problems for disaster response robots (...

    Authors: Kui Chen, Mitsuhiro Kamezaki, Takahiro Katano, Taisei Kaneko, Kohga Azuma, Tatsuzo Ishida, Masatoshi Seki, Ken Ichiryu and Shigeki Sugano

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:2

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  10. Content type: Research article

    In recent years, there has been great interest in the possibility of using artificial limbs as an extension of the human body as well as replacement of lost limbs. In this paper, we develop a sixth finger syst...

    Authors: Noel Segura Meraz, Masafumi Sobajima, Tadayoshi Aoyama and Yasuhisa Hasegawa

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:3

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  11. Content type: Research article

    This paper describes a method to pick up a folded cloth product by a single-armed robot. We focus on a problem on picking up a folded cloth, and organize tasks to attack it. Then, we propose methods of grasp p...

    Authors: Yusuke Moriya, Daisuke Tanaka, Kimitoshi Yamazaki and Keisuke Takeshita

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:1

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  12. Content type: Research article

    In this paper, a concept of frame-by-frame intermittent tracking to achieve motion-blur-free and high-brightness images when video shooting fast moving scenes is proposed. In our tracking concept, two control ...

    Authors: Michiaki Inoue, Mingjun Jiang, Yuji Matsumoto, Takeshi Takaki and Idaku Ishii

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:28

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Odometry is widely used to localize wheeled and tracked vehicles because of its simplicity and continuity. Odometric calculations integrate the wheel or track’s rotation speed. The accuracy of position thus ca...

    Authors: Genki Yamauchi, Keiji Nagatani, Takeshi Hashimoto and Kenichi Fujino

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:27

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  14. Content type: Development Report

    Weight-shift training during stroke rehabilitation requires patient effort, potentially causing leg spasticity and anxiety, which disturb motor learning. The purpose of this study was (1) to devise an implicit...

    Authors: Kazuhiro Yasuda, Kenta Saichi, Yu Kitaji, Hiroaki Harashima and Hiroyasu Iwata

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:26

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  15. Content type: Research article

    This paper reports an improvement of the particle-excitation flow control valve. The valve that we have designed in previous reports can control air flow, using particle excitation by piezoelectric resonance, ...

    Authors: Daisuke Hirooka, Tomomi Yamaguchi, Naomichi Furushiro, Koichi Suzumori and Takefumi Kanda

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:25

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  16. Content type: Development Report

    Surface wettability is one of most important indexes for understanding the interfacial characteristics between a solid surface and a liquid, especially such physico-chemical properties as hydrophilicity and wa...

    Authors: Nobuyuki Tanaka, Yoshihide Haruzono, Hiromitsu Nasu, Yuki Nakanishi, Junko Takahara, Akane Awazu and Yo Tanaka

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:21

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  17. Content type: Research article

    This paper presents a remote radioactive seed-loading device for permanent brachytherapy of oral cancer with Au-198 grains to reduce the exposure dose to the doctors. Permanent brachytherapy is a treatment whi...

    Authors: Mukau Sato, Yukari Saito, Toshio Takayama, Toru Omata, Hiroshi Watanabe, Ryoichi Yoshimura and Masahiko Miura

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:23

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  18. Content type: Research article

    3D visual mapping of the seafloor has found applications ranging from environment monitoring and survey of marine minerals to underwater archaeology and inspection of modern artificial structures. However, the...

    Authors: Adrian Bodenmann, Blair Thornton, Ryota Nakajima and Tamaki Ura

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:22

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  19. Content type: Research article

    In this study, we set out to develop a method for estimating the fine and fast shear deformation of a finger pad, that is, the palm side of a fingertip, as it scans the surface of a material. Using a miniature...

    Authors: Shunsuke Sato, Shogo Okamoto, Yoichiro Matsuura and Yoji Yamada

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:19

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  20. Content type: Research article

    In this paper, a new model for electroadhesion between two surface-insulated plates under DC electric field is presented and control of dynamic responses of electroadhesion force is discussed. Under DC electri...

    Authors: Taku Nakamura and Akio Yamamoto

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:18

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  21. Content type: Research Article

    Essential tremor is a disorder that causes involuntary oscillations in patients both while they are engaged in actions and when maintaining a posture. Such patients face serious difficulties in performing dail...

    Authors: Yuya Matsumoto, Masatoshi Seki, Yasutaka Nakashima, Takeshi Ando, Yo Kobayashi, Hiroshi Iijima, Masanori Nagaoka and Masakatsu G. Fujie

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:15

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  22. Content type: Research article

    In this paper we present an online unsupervised method based on clustering to find defects in concrete structures using hammering. First, the initial dataset of sound samples is roughly clustered using the k-m...

    Authors: Jun Younes Louhi Kasahara, Hiromitsu Fujii, Atsushi Yamashita and Hajime Asama

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:13

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  23. Content type: Research article

    When a human rubs a contactor that is vibrating laterally at 3–10 Hz with an amplitude of ~1 mm, the friction is perceived as being greater than that sensed when touching a stationary contactor. This phenomeno...

    Authors: Akihiro Imaizumi, Shogo Okamoto and Yoji Yamada

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:12

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  24. Content type: Research article

    We discuss about safe tree felling methods. In previous work, tree felling robots that were equipped with cutting instruments have been investigated in order to keep workers’ safety. However, these robots may ...

    Authors: Chyon Hae Kim, Hiroaki Abe, Akio Numakura, Jyunpei Koyama and Yukio Takahashi

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:7

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  25. Content type: Development Report

    It was cleared that transportability of emergency response robots system had been very important. Therefore, RESQ series robots, which were developed by Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (present, Japan A...

    Authors: Shinji Kawatsuma, Ryuji Mimura and Hajime Asama

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:6

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  26. Content type: Research article

    This paper presents a non-contact manipulation method using rotational flow generated by high speed motion of a glass needle. In order to generate an applicable motion that can precisely control the speed and ...

    Authors: Eunhye Kim, Masaru Kojima, Liu Xiaoming, Takayuki Hattori, Kazuto Kamiyama, Yasushi Mae and Tatsuo Arai

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:5

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  27. Content type: Research article

    This paper describes a skill assist method for sinusoidal motions using a semi-active assist mechanism through an energy control method. In a previous study, we had developed and verified the effectiveness of ...

    Authors: Takashi Kusaka, Takayuki Tanaka and Hidekazu Kajiwara

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:2

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  28. Content type: Research Article

    Recently, researches on electric vehicle are focused on motion control and state estimation. These works require a model that imitate a real vehicle as close as possible. We propose in this paper a signal hard...

    Authors: Thanh Vo-Duy and Minh C. Ta

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:29

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  29. Content type: Research Article

    A mechanism that allows a robotic arm to quickly grip various forms of objects at disaster sites will enhance the mobility of rescue robots by keeping their bodies stable and maintaining manipulability for tar...

    Authors: Eri Takane, Kenjiro Tadakuma, Tomonari Yamamoto, Masashi Konyo and Satoshi Tadokoro

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:28

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  30. Content type: Research Article

    In this paper, we have dealt with the problem to transport large heavy objects using a group of small mobile robots. Generally, payload of the robot, the maximum weight of the object that the robot can operate...

    Authors: Fusao Ohashi, Kohei Kaminishi, Jorge David Figueroa Heredia, Hiroki Kato, Taiki Ogata, Tatsunori Hara and Jun Ota

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:27

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  31. Content type: Research Article

    Service robots are common sights in everyday life. The service robots are expected to provide useful services with a high degree of usability, and a high degree of user experience (UX) to users and other perso...

    Authors: Yoshinobu Akimoto, Eri Sato-Shimokawara, Yasunari Fujimoto and Toru Yamaguchi

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:26

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