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  1. Research article

    Friction perception resulting from laterally vibrotactile stimuli

    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...

    Akihiro Imaizumi, Shogo Okamoto and Yoji Yamada

    ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:12

    Published on: 24 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Safe tree felling using expansion agent

    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 ...

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

    ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:7

    Published on: 3 March 2017

  3. Development Report

    Unitization for portability of emergency response surveillance robot system: experiences and lessons learned from the deployment of the JAEA-3 emergency response robot at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants

    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...

    Shinji Kawatsuma, Ryuji Mimura and Hajime Asama

    ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:6

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Analysis of rotational flow generated by circular motion of an end effector for 3D micromanipulation

    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 ...

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

    ROBOMECH Journal 2017 4:5

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  5. Research Article

    A signal hardware-in-the-loop model for electric vehicles

    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...

    Thanh Vo-Duy and Minh C. Ta

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:29

    Published on: 25 November 2016

  6. Research Article

    Realization of heavy object transportation by mobile robots using handcarts and outrigger

    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...

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

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:27

    Published on: 8 November 2016

  7. Development Report

    B-PaDY: robot co-worker in a bumper assembly line

    In an automobile assembly line, many processes require control and human intervention. A human’s dexterity and ability to react to unpredictable changes in production volume and product specifications are nece...

    Jun Kinugawa, Akira Kanazawa and Kazuhiro Kosuge

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:23

    Published on: 6 October 2016

  8. Research Article

    Kinematical and static force analysis on redundant drive wire mechanism with velocity constraint modules to reduce the number of actuators

    This study proposes new wire mechanism called “the redundant drive wire mechanism” (RDWM), driven by double actuator modules. The RDWM is configured with velocity constraint modules (VCMs) that provide high-ac...

    Tam Nhat Le, Hiroki Dobashi and Kiyoshi Nagai

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:22

    Published on: 23 September 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:24

  9. News Article

    Robot development project with human- and eco-friendly smart materials

    The social need for robotic technology is rapidly increasing to prepare for the aging society in Japan. Many political action plans concerning Japan’s robot strategy have been proposed and carried out nationwi...

    Yoshiaki Itoh, Toru Yamazaki, Hun-ok Lim and Kenichi Takemura

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:21

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  10. Research Article

    Retinal vessel model fabricated on a curved surface structure for a simulation of microcannulation

    A remarkable number of vitreoretinal surgeries are performed each year despite their difficulty. As a result, a high demand exists for a mock-up simulator of retinal vessels to simulate these surgeries. Thus, ...

    Takeshi Hayakawa, Ippei Kato, Fumihito Arai, Mamoru Mitsuishi, Naohiko Sugita, Kanako Harada, Shinichi Tanaka, Yasuo Noda and Takashi Ueta

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:19

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  11. Research Article

    Musculoskeletal lower-limb robot driven by multifilament muscles

    This paper presents a redundant musculoskeletal robot using thin McKibben muscles that is based on human anatomy. The purpose of this robot is to achieve motions and characteristics that are very similar to a ...

    Shunichi Kurumaya, Koichi Suzumori, Hiroyuki Nabae and Shuichi Wakimoto

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:18

    Published on: 13 September 2016

  12. Research Article

    Assessment of a tracked vehicle’s ability to traverse stairs

    In some surveillance missions in the aftermath of disasters, the use of a teleoperated tracked vehicle contributes to the safety of rescue crews. However, because of its insufficient traversal capability, the ...

    Daisuke Endo and Keiji Nagatani

    ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:20

    Published on: 13 September 2016

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