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  1. Human-like environment recognition by musculoskeletal humanoids is important for task realization in real complex environments and for use as dummies for test subjects. Humans integrate various sensory informa...

    Authors: Yusuke Omura, Kento Kawaharazuka, Yuya Nagamatsu, Yuya Koga, Manabu Nishiura, Yasunori Toshimitsu, Yuki Asano, Kei Okada, Koji Kawasaki and Masayuki Inaba
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2022 9:17
  2. The use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), an assisted reproductive technique (ART), is increasing widely. ICSI is currently performed by specially skilled embryologists. However, with the increasing ...

    Authors: Kenta Yokoe, Tadayoshi Aoyama, Toshiki Fujishiro, Masaru Takeuchi and Yasuhisa Hasegawa
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2022 9:16
  3. In this study, we present a recognition method for a fruit-harvesting robot to automate the harvesting of pears and apples on joint V-shaped trellis. It is necessary to recognize the three-dimensional position...

    Authors: Takeshi Yoshida, Takuya Kawahara and Takanori Fukao
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2022 9:15
  4. Fires in petrochemical complexes are inaccessible because of the intense radiant heat from flames. Therefore, water cannon robots require radiant heat countermeasures to perform firefighting safely. Convention...

    Authors: Jun Fujita, Yoshihiro Tamura, Hisanori Amano, Kazunori Ohno and Satoshi Tadokoro
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2022 9:13
  5. Although robots are increasingly found in a wide range of applications, their use in proximity to humans is still fraught with challenges, primarily due to safety concerns. Roboticists have been seeking to add...

    Authors: Soheil Habibian, Benjamin B. Wheatley, Suehye Bae, Joon Shin and Keith W. Buffinton
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2022 9:12
  6. Artificial multiarticular musculoskeletal systems consisting of serially connected links driven by monoarticular and multiarticular muscles, which are often inspired by vertebrates, enable robots to elicit dyn...

    Authors: Yuta Ishikawa, Hiroyuki Nabae, Gen Endo and Koichi Suzumori
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2022 9:11
  7. The multidisciplinary nature of response robotics has brought about a diversified research community with extended expertise. Motivated by the recent accelerated rate of publications in the field, this paper a...

    Authors: Mehdi Dadvar and Soheil Habibian
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2022 9:9
  8. Continuum robots can enter narrow spaces and are useful for search and rescue missions in disaster sites. The exploration efficiency at disaster sites improves if the robots can simultaneously acquire several ...

    Authors: Yu Yamauchi, Yuichi Ambe, Hikaru Nagano, Masashi Konyo, Yoshiaki Bando, Eisuke Ito, Solvi Arnold, Kimitoshi Yamazaki, Katsutoshi Itoyama, Takayuki Okatani, Hiroshi G. Okuno and Satoshi Tadokoro
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2022 9:8
  9. We propose a novel robotic system that combines both a reliable programming-based approach and a highly generalizable learning-based approach. How to design and implement a series of tasks in an atypical envir...

    Authors: Hiroshi Ito and Satoshi Nakamura
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2022 9:7
  10. A light-driven gel actuator is a potential candidate for a single-cell manipulation tool because it allows cells to be manipulated while ensuring less damage. Moreover, a large number of actuators can be integ...

    Authors: Yuha Koike, Shunnosuke Kodera, Yoshiyuki Yokoyama and Takeshi Hayakawa
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2022 9:5
  11. To prevent accidents in minimally invasive surgeries, force limiters have been developed for forceps grippers. When a force limiter is in use, if the absolute value of its spring constant is reduced, the risk ...

    Authors: Satsuya Noda, Yasunori Tokuoka, Satoru Kuriu and Tadashi Ishida
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2022 9:3
  12. People with disabilities, such as patients with motor paralysis conditions, lack independence and cannot move most parts of their bodies except for their eyes. Supportive robot technology is highly beneficial ...

    Authors: Photchara Ratsamee, Yasushi Mae, Kazuto Kamiyama, Mitsuhiro Horade, Masaru Kojima and Tatsuo Arai
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:27
  13. In the present study, we propose a variable-sensitivity force sensor using a shape-memory polymer (SMP), the stiffness of which varies according to the temperature. Since the measurement range and sensitivity ...

    Authors: Kazuto Takashima, Jo Kobuchi, Norihiro Kamamichi, Kentaro Takagi and Toshiharu Mukai
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:24
  14. Disaster response robots are expected to perform complicated tasks such as traveling over unstable terrain, climbing slippery steps, and removing heavy debris. To complete such tasks safely, the robots must ob...

    Authors: Mitsuhiro Kamezaki, Yusuke Uehara, Kohga Azuma and Shigeki Sugano
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:22
  15. The present study proposes an advanced force display control system for a surgical training simulator with virtual reality. In oral and orthopedic surgeries, a surgeon uses a chisel and mallet for chiseling an...

    Authors: Kentaro Masuyama, Yoshiyuki Noda, Yasumi Ito, Yoshiyuki Kagiyama and Koichiro Ueki
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:21
  16. In this study, a method for a robot to recall multiple grasping methods for a given object is proposed. The aim of this study was for robots to learn grasping methods for new objects by observing the grasping ...

    Authors: Makoto Sanada, Tadashi Matsuo, Nobutaka Shimada and Yoshiaki Shirai
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:19
  17. The number of isolated elderly people with few opportunities to talk to other people is currently increasing. Research is ongoing to develop talking robots for addressing the situation. The aim of the present ...

    Authors: Toshiaki Nishio, Yuichiro Yoshikawa, Takamasa Iio, Mariko Chiba, Taichi Asami, Yoshinori Isoda and Hiroshi Ishiguro
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:18
  18. Robotic grippers that gently handle objects of various shapes are required for various applications these days. Conventional finger-shaped grippers are multifunctional and can grip various objects; however, gr...

    Authors: Ko Yamada and Takashi Mitsuda
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:16
  19. Compared with more rigid objects, clothing items are inherently difficult for robots to recognize and manipulate. We propose a method for detecting how cloth is folded, to facilitate choosing a manipulative ac...

    Authors: Antonio Gabas, Yasuyo Kita and Eiichi Yoshida
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:15
  20. Firefighters need to gain information from both inside and outside of buildings in first response emergency scenarios. For this purpose, drones are beneficial. This paper presents an elicitation study that sho...

    Authors: Anna C. S. Medeiros, Photchara Ratsamee, Jason Orlosky, Yuki Uranishi, Manabu Higashida and Haruo Takemura
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:14
  21. This paper presents a general methodology for the analysis and synthesis of a positive semi-definite system described by mass, damping and stiffness matrices that is often encountered in impedance control in r...

    Authors: Imin Kao and Carlos Saldarriaga
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:12
  22. Power soft robots—defined as novel robots driven by powerful soft actuators, achieving both powerfulness and softness—are potentially suitable for complex collaborative tasks, and an approach to actuating a po...

    Authors: Yunhao Feng, Tohru Ide, Hiroyuki Nabae, Gen Endo, Ryo Sakurai, Shingo Ohno and Koichi Suzumori
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:10
  23. The novel approach to physical security based on visible light communication (VLC) using an informative object-pointing and simultaneous recognition by high-framerate (HFR) vision systems is presented in this ...

    Authors: Deepak Kumar, Sushil Raut, Kohei Shimasaki, Taku Senoo and Idaku Ishii
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:8
  24. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

    Authors: Soheil Habibian, Mehdi Dadvar, Behzad Peykari, Alireza Hosseini, M. Hossein Salehzadeh, Alireza H. M. Hosseini and Farshid Najafi
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:7

    The original article was published in ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:1

  25. Few physical models of oral and laryngeal systems for human speech movement exist for computer or mechanical simulators. In particular, a robot tongue mechanism that fully reproduces the deformation motion of ...

    Authors: Nobutsuna Endo
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:6
  26. Autonomous robots are expected to replace dangerous, dirty, and demanding (3D) jobs. At a theme park, surveillance, cleaning, and guiding tasks can be regarded as 3D jobs. The present paper attempts to develop...

    Authors: Kohei Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Yamada, Masato Imai, Akihiro Kawamura, Yasuhiro Kawauchi, Tamaki Nakamura and Ryo Kurazume
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:4
  27. Rescue robots are expected to carry out reconnaissance and dexterity operations in unknown environments comprising unstructured obstacles. Although a wide variety of designs and implementations have been prese...

    Authors: Soheil Habibian, Mehdi Dadvar, Behzad Peykari, Alireza Hosseini, M. Hossein Salehzadeh, Alireza H. M. Hosseini and Farshid Najafi
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:1

    The Correction to this article has been published in ROBOMECH Journal 2021 8:7

  28. We propose a method to realize the dynamic manipulation of a string with unknown characteristics via a high-speed robot arm. We use a mass-spring-damper model for the string and repeat three steps: motion gene...

    Authors: Kenta Tabata, Hiroaki Seki, Tokuo Tsuji, Tatsuhiro Hiramitsu and Masatoshi Hikizu
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2020 7:39
  29. Planetary exploration rovers have required a high traveling performance to overcome obstacles such as loose soil and rocks. Push-pull locomotion rovers is a unique scheme, like an inchworm, and it has high tra...

    Authors: Daisuke Fujiwara, Naoki Tsujikawa, Tetsuya Oshima and Kojiro Iizuka
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2020 7:38
  30. This paper presents an extended Kalman filter for pose estimation using noise covariance matrices based on sensor output. Compact and lightweight nine-axis motion sensors are used for motion analysis in widely...

    Authors: Ayuko Saito, Satoru Kizawa, Yoshikazu Kobayashi and Kazuto Miyawaki
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2020 7:36
  31. This paper proposes a locomotion approach of leg-wheel robot utilizing passive wheel attached to the foot of bipedal robot. The key feature of this approach is bipedal mobility without swing leg. This mobility...

    Authors: Kohei Kimura, Noriaki Imaoka, Shintaro Noda, Yohei Kakiuchi, Kei Okada and Masayuki Inaba
    Citation: ROBOMECH Journal 2020 7:35