American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Analysis and Mechanical Design Solutions for Sit-To-Stand Assisting Devices

Pierluigi Rea and Erika Ottaviano

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.1134.1143

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 9, Issue 4

Pages 1134-1143

Abstract

Sit-to-stand can be considered the most common daily-life activity and it can be defined as a change of posture, in which the base of support is transferred from the seat to the feet. It requires both voluntary movement of different body segments that contribute to the equilibrium and control during an important displacement of the Centre Of Gravity of the body. This activity can be considered of crucial importance for elderly and people with reduced mobility to achieve minimal independence in daily-life at home. In this study, we present and compare three design solutions for the support mechanisms to be used in assisting mechatronic devices. The reported solutions and considerations are supported by experimental activity, which was carried out during trials to track and record trajectories and the orientation of the trunk of the body during the sit-to-stand.

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© 2016 Pierluigi Rea and Erika Ottaviano. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.