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  1. This paper examines the feasibility of automated alignment in sagittal direction in MR-TRUS fusion biopsy of the prostate by comparing the prostate contour in axial images between different modalities. In the ...

    Authors: Riki Igarasihi, Norihiro Koizumi, Yu Nishiyama, Kyohei Tomita, Yuka Shigenari and Sunao Shoji

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2020 7:4

    Content type: Research Article

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  2. This paper describes a vacuum suction-type end effector for depalletizing robots in distribution centers. The developed end effector has multiple suction pad units to which a bellows pneumatic actuator is appl...

    Authors: Junya Tanaka, Akihito Ogawa, Hideichi Nakamoto, Takafumi Sonoura and Haruna Eto

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2020 7:2

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  3. One of the main sequelae of stroke is dificulty walking, which is characterized by a decreased gait velocity and asymmetrical walking patterns. The purpose of this research was initially focused on developing ...

    Authors: Kazuhiro Yasuda, Yuki Hayashi, Anna Tawara and Hiroyasu Iwata

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2020 7:1

    Content type: Development Report

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  4. A worm gear has the advantages of a large reduction ratio and non-backdrivability. Because of this non-backdrivability, it can maintain a joint angle without energy consumption. Today, many robots have large w...

    Authors: Toshio Takayama and Naoto Hisamatsu

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:21

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  5. Spatial change detection is a fundamental technique for finding the differences between two or more pieces of geometrical information. This technique is critical in some robotic applications, such as search an...

    Authors: Ukyo Katsura, Kohei Matsumoto, Akihiro Kawamura, Tomohide Ishigami, Tsukasa Okada and Ryo Kurazume

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:20

    Content type: Research Article

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  6. To achieve quantitative palpation in vivo, we developed a catheter-type tactile sensor composed of a polyvinylidene fluoride film for minimally invasive surgery. We evaluated the fundamental performance of the...

    Authors: Kazuto Takashima, Keisuke Ota, Masaki Yamamoto, Makoto Takenaka, Satoshi Horie and Kenji Ishida

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:19

    Content type: Research Article

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  7. In supermarkets or grocery, a shopping cart is a necessary tool for shopping. In this paper, we have developed an intelligent shopping support robot that can carry a shopping cart while following its owners an...

    Authors: Md Matiqul Islam, Antony Lam, Hisato Fukuda, Yoshinori Kobayashi and Yoshinori Kuno

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:18

    Content type: Research Article

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  8. In this paper, toward robotic gait assistance, we investigate the feasibility of a cane-type assistive mobile robot accompanying the user autonomously through a clinical pilot experiment. As widely known, gait...

    Authors: Shunki Itadera, Tadayoshi Aoyama, Yasuhisa Hasegawa, Keita Aimoto, Kenji Kato and Izumi Kondo

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:17

    Content type: Research Article

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  9. In this study, the novel approach of real-time video stabilization system using a high-frame-rate (HFR) jitter sensing device is demonstrated to realize the computationally efficient technique of digital video...

    Authors: Sushil Raut, Kohei Shimasaki, Sanjay Singh, Takeshi Takaki and Idaku Ishii

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:16

    Content type: Research Article

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  10. Brain damage due to stroke often leaves survivors with lateral functional motor deficits. Bimanual rehabilitation of the paretic arm is an active field of research aimed at restoring normal functionality by ma...

    Authors: Matti Itkonen, Álvaro Costa, Hiroshi Yamasaki, Shotaro Okajima, Fady Alnajjar, Takatsune Kumada and Shingo Shimoda

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:14

    Content type: Research Article

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  11. Automation and labor saving in agriculture have been required recently. However, mechanization and robots for growing fruits have not been advanced. This study proposes a method of detecting fruits and automat...

    Authors: Yuki Onishi, Takeshi Yoshida, Hiroki Kurita, Takanori Fukao, Hiromu Arihara and Ayako Iwai

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:13

    Content type: Research Article

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  12. This paper presents fabrication and actuation methods for a soft microrobot with a hybrid structure composed of soft microactuators and a rigid supporting body. This hybrid structure enables actuation of the m...

    Authors: Tomoki Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Yokoyama and Takeshi Hayakawa

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:11

    Content type: Research Article

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  13. Breast cancer diagnosis has been mostly accomplished through imaging. These methods have great advantages in being able to detect the presence and location of breast cancer. However, it is difficult to disting...

    Authors: Satoshi Miura, Hidekazu Ishiuchi, Yuta Shintaku, Victor Parque, Ayako Torisaka and Tomoyuki Miyashita

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:10

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  14. One of the recommended post-stroke gait rehabilitation treatments is the use of an ankle–foot orthosis. In clinical practice, it is important to adjust the torque of the ankle–foot orthosis assistance to suit ...

    Authors: Masataka Yamamoto, Koji Shimatani, Masaki Hasegawa and Yuichi Kurita

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:9

    Content type: Research Article

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  15. Recently, wearable extra robotic limbs that aim to enhance the functionality and capability of human operators as extra arms or fingers have become an active research subject among robotics researchers. Improv...

    Authors: Yaonan Zhu, Takayuki Ito, Tadayoshi Aoyama and Yasuhisa Hasegawa

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:7

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  16. This paper proposes a navigation system of a personal mobility robot in informationally structured and unstructured environments. First, we introduce a group of robots named Portable Go, which are equipped wit...

    Authors: Yuuta Watanabe, Akio Shigekane, Kohei Matsumoto, Akihiro Kawamura and Ryo Kurazume

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:6

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  17. There has been an increasing interest in mobile manipulators that are capable of performing physical work in living spaces worldwide, corresponding to an aging population with declining birth rates with the ex...

    Authors: Takashi Yamamoto, Koji Terada, Akiyoshi Ochiai, Fuminori Saito, Yoshiaki Asahara and Kazuto Murase

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:4

    Content type: Research Article

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  18. Generation of stable and realistic haptic feedback during mid-air gesture interactions have recently garnered significant research interest. However, the limitations of the sensing technologies such as unstabl...

    Authors: Dennis Babu, Masashi Konyo, Hikaru Nagano, Ryunosuke Hamada and Satoshi Tadokoro

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2019 6:2

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  19. We present a facial wearable robot to support eyelid movement for patients with hemifacial paralysis. People with facial paralysis are not able to blink, which leads to dry eyes and could cause permanent damag...

    Authors: Yuta Kozaki, Naoki Matsushiro and Kenji Suzuki

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:30

    Content type: Research Article

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  20. Providing an accurate count of total leukocytes and specific subsets (such as T-cells and B-cells) within small amounts of whole blood is a rather challenging ordeal due to the lack of techniques that enable t...

    Authors: Bilal Turan, Taisuke Masuda, Anas Mohd Noor, Koji Horio, Toshiki I. Saito, Yasuyuki Miyata and Fumihito Arai

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:29

    Content type: Research Article

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  21. Absolute counting of total leukocytes and specific subset (such as T-cells and B-cells) within small amounts of whole blood is difficult due to the lack of techniques that enables separation of leukocytes from...

    Authors: Bilal Turan, Taisuke Masuda, Wu Lei, Anas Mohd Noor, Koji Horio, Toshiki I. Saito, Yasuyuki Miyata and Fumihito Arai

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:27

    Content type: Research Article

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  22. In this paper, we propose two gait strategies for a limb mechanism robot, called ASTERISK, to move on narrow spaces. Specifically, we describe two types of locomotion, namely, vertical-body climbing gait and h...

    Authors: Kenichi Ohara, Takeshi Toda, Kazuto Kamiyama, Masaru Kojima, Mitsuhiro Horade, Yasushi Mae and Tatsuo Arai

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:26

    Content type: Research Article

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  23. An informationally structured environment (ISE) is a key technology for realizing service robots in daily life in the near future. In ISE, the information of the service robot and its surroundings is structure...

    Authors: Junya Sakamoto, Kouhei Kiyoyama, Kohei Matsumoto, Yoonseok Pyo, Akihiro Kawamura and Ryo Kurazume

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:24

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  24. Estimating the distance of a target object from a single image is a challenging task since a large variation in the object appearance makes the regression of the distance difficult. In this paper, to tackle su...

    Authors: Hirotaka Hachiya, Yuki Saito, Kazuma Iteya, Masaya Nomura and Takayuki Nakamura

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:22

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  25. The motion of the robot to realize assembly work includes the part where the reuse of the motion adjusted for the real objects is effective and the part where automatic generation in the simulator is suitable....

    Authors: Ryo Hanai, Kensuke Harada, Isao Hara and Noriaki Ando

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:21

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  26. When using a wearable robot, the interaction force applied to the area of contact may cause skin injuries over time. Therefore, validating the contact safety of wearable robots is important for their practical...

    Authors: Yuma Sakai, Yasuhiro Akiyama, Yoji Yamada and Shogo Okamoto

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:20

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  27. This paper addresses a reference gait speed generator for limit-cycle-based bipedal gait of humanoid robots in order to achieve secure and efficient acceleration and deceleration without falling down at respec...

    Authors: Taisuke Kobayashi, Kosuke Sekiyama, Yasuhisa Hasegawa, Tadayoshi Aoyama and Toshio Fukuda

    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2018 5:18

    Content type: Research Article

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  28. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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  29. 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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  30. 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

    Content type: Development Report

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  31. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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  32. 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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  33. 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

    Content type: Correction

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

  34. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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