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  1. 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, Yoshida Okada, Satoshi Tadokoro, Jun Fujita and Hisanori Amano

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:7

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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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    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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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    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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  16. 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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