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  1. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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  2. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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  3. 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...

    Authors: Jun Kinugawa, Akira Kanazawa and Kazuhiro Kosuge

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:23

    Content type: Development Report

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  4. 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...

    Authors: Tam Nhat Le, Hiroki Dobashi and Kiyoshi Nagai

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:22

    Content type: Research Article

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

  5. 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 ...

    Authors: Daisuke Endo and Keiji Nagatani

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:20

    Content type: Research Article

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  6. 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, ...

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

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:19

    Content type: Research Article

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  7. 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 ...

    Authors: Shunichi Kurumaya, Koichi Suzumori, Hiroyuki Nabae and Shuichi Wakimoto

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:18

    Content type: Research Article

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  8. The problem of demographic shifts towards the elderly is deteriorating, as the relative number of caregivers is insufficient to provide the support required for their wellbeing, which is further aggravated by ...

    Authors: Noel Nuo Wi Tay, Azhar Aulia Saputra, János Botzheim and Naoyuki Kubota

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:17

    Content type: Research Article

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  9. We deal with a technical issue of assembling a ring part into a shaft part with the clearance of several micrometers by using a robotic manipulator. This issue is difficult because of deformation of a ring par...

    Authors: Tomoya Fukukawa, Junji Takahashi and Toshio Fukuda

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:16

    Content type: Research Article

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  10. We propose a motion control interface system for a mobile robotic cart to support Home Oxygen Therapy (HOT) patients when they go out. Our goal is to realize a mobile robotic cart similar to a wheeled walker t...

    Authors: Masatsugu Iribe, Naoto Maeta, Gen Endo, Toshio Takubo, Mineko Ohira and Tetsuya Kinugasa

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:14

    Content type: Development Report

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  11. The research described herein was undertaken to develop and test a novel tongue interface based on classification of tongue motions from the surface electromyography (EMG) signals of the suprahyoid muscles det...

    Authors: Makoto Sasaki, Kohei Onishi, Dimitar Stefanov, Katsuhiro Kamata, Atsushi Nakayama, Masahiro Yoshikawa and Goro Obinata

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:9

    Content type: Research Article

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  12. In this report, we propose a system to be used as a basis for the efficient gathering of information on sidewalk usage and services for the purpose of building a system to support social infrastructures throug...

    Authors: Shin-yo Muto, Yukihiro Nakamura, Hideaki Iwamoto, Tatsuaki Ito and Manabu Okamoto

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:5

    Content type: Research Article

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  13. Increased attention has been focused on laparoscopic surgery because of its minimal invasiveness and improved cosmetic properties. However, the procedure of laparoscopic surgery is considerably difficult for s...

    Authors: Yang Cao, Satoshi Miura, Quanquan Liu, Yo Kobayashi, Kazuya Kawamura, Shigeki Sugano and Masakatsu G. Fujie

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:3

    Content type: Research Article

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  14. Here we propose and verify the feasibility of a new keyboard structure for keyboard-mounted mouse. Reducing the distance that fingers move while typing within a three-dimensional (3-D) key arrangement that fit...

    Authors: Tomohiro Suzuki, Satoshi Miura, Yo Kobayashi and Masakatsu G. Fujie

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2016 3:2

    Content type: Research Article

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  15. In neurosurgery, dissection and retraction are basic techniques for approaching the site of pathology. These techniques are carefully performed in order to avoid damage to nerve tissues or blood vessels. Howev...

    Authors: Kazuya Sase, Akira Fukuhara, Teppei Tsujita and Atsushi Konno

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:17

    Content type: Research Article

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  16. Large debris created after natural disasters restrict access to inner parts of affected regions, and slows down disaster relief operations. Power shovels are often used to clear wreckage but the process can ta...

    Authors: Peshala G. Jayasekara and Hitoshi Arisumi

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:15

    Content type: Research Article

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  17. The aim of this study was to obtain quantitative results about shoulder contact force during wheelchair lever propulsion when the gear ratio of the lever propulsion mechanism is changing. The effect of the gea...

    Authors: Makoto Sasaki, Dimitar Stefanov, Yuki Ota, Hiroki Miura and Atsushi Nakayama

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:13

    Content type: Research Article

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  18. In this paper, we have proposed a low-cost self-localization method which uses 4 elements of microphones, wheel rotation and sound sources as beacons, whose absolute location and frequency bands are known. The...

    Authors: Satoki Ogiso, Takuji Kawagishi, Koichi Mizutani, Naoto Wakatsuki and Keiichi Zempo

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:12

    Content type: Research Article

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  19. Robot navigation in a human environment is challenging because human moves according to many factors such as social rules and the way other moves. By introducing a robot to a human environment, many situations...

    Authors: Photchara Ratsamee, Yasushi Mae, Kazuto Kamiyama, Mitsuhiro Horade, Masaru Kojima and Tatsuo Arai

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:11

    Content type: Research Article

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  20. Field robots are widely used to accomplish a variety of tasks in many different fields. However, setting of the locomotive ability of these robots at the design phase may prevent the traversal of unknown rough...

    Authors: Ryusuke Fujisawa, Naohisa Nagaya, Shinya Okazaki, Ryota Sato, Yusuke Ikemoto and Shigeto Dobata

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:9

    Content type: Research Article

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  21. Small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAVs) have recently attracted considerable research and development interest owing to their small size, portability, and limited operational risk. In SUAVs, the Reynolds number...

    Authors: Yasuyuki Yamada, Irina Vasilieva, Akimasa Takayama, Edwardo F Fukushima and Gen Endo

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:8

    Content type: Research Article

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  22. In this study, a novel step climbing method for a five-wheeled wheelchair, composed of a manual wheelchair and an active-caster drive system, has been proposed. Because the active-caster has the same configura...

    Authors: Yu Munakata and Masayoshi Wada

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:7

    Content type: Research Article

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  23. Home Oxygen Therapy (H.O.T.) is a medical treatment for severe lung diseases in which the patients are supplied concentrated oxygen. This paper investigates the use of a follower robot as a support device for ...

    Authors: Gen Endo, Ben Allan, Yu Iemura, Edwardo F Fukushima, Masatsugu Iribe, Toshio Takubo and Mineko Ohira

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:6

    Content type: Research Article

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  24. We succeeded in developing a robot that can play a card magic for the first time in the world. The robot can complete a magic by quickly switching the first-card-dealing and the-second-card-dealing. This paper...

    Authors: Ryoma Koretake, Makoto Kaneko and Mitsuru Higashimori

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:5

    Content type: Research Article

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  25. This paper aims to develop a prototype for a web-based wireless remote temperature monitoring device for patients. This device uses a patient and coordinator set design approach involving the measurement, tran...

    Authors: Cheng S Chin, William Atmodihardjo, Lok W Woo and Ehsan Mesbahi

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:4

    Content type: Development Report

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  26. In this paper, we study a new method for robot programming: view-based teaching/playback. The motivation of its development is to achieve more robustness against changes of task conditions than conventional te...

    Authors: Yusuke Maeda and Takahito Nakamura

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2015 2:2

    Content type: Research Article

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  27. This paper describes a remote control system for a crawler-type mobile robot with passive sub-crawlers. This system has a great advantage because it utilizes an essential compliant mechanism that allows the an...

    Authors: Soichiro Suzuki, Satoshi Hasegawa and Masayuki Okugawa

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2014 1:20

    Content type: Research

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  28. In order for a robot to autonomously run in outdoor environments, a robust and stable navigation method is necessary. Especially, to run in real-world environments, robustness against moving objects is importa...

    Authors: Naoki Akai, Sam Ann Rahok, Kazumichi Inoue and Koichi Ozaki

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2014 1:21

    Content type: Research Article

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  29. Central venous catheterization is associated with potential complications secondary to accidental puncture, including venous bleeding and pneumothorax. We developed a system that avoids these complications and...

    Authors: Yo Kobayashi, Ryutaro Hamano, Hiroki Watanabe, Takuma Koike, Jaesung Hong, Kazutaka Toyoda, Munenori Uemura, Satoshi Ieiri, Morimasa Tomikawa, Takeshi Ohdaira, Makoto Hashizume and Masakatsu G Fujie

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2014 1:18

    Content type: Research Article

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  30. In this paper, we propose a realization method for a rearrangement task involving multiple movable objects and mobile robots. All of the objects are transported from their initial positions to goal positions. ...

    Authors: Norisuke Fujii, Taiki Ogata, Tatsunori Hara and Jun Ota

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2014 1:16

    Content type: Research Article

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