早い・安い・軽い 腕の剛性を測る手法にたどり着く

早い・安い・軽い 腕の剛性を測る手法にたどり着く

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バイオインターフェース研究ユニット 高木敦士特任助教の国際共著論文

“Endpoint stiffness magnitude increases linearly with a stronger power grasp”

が、 Scientific Reportsに掲載されました。

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-57267-0

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<Abstract>

Humans can increase the endpoint stiffness of their arm to reduce self-generated movement variability and to reject unpredictable perturbations from the environment, like during handheld drilling, thereby increasing movement precision. Existing methods to estimate changes in the endpoint stiffness use robotic interfaces to apply position or force perturbations to measure the arm’s dynamic response. We propose an alternative method of measuring changes in the power grasp force to estimate adaptations in the magnitude of the arm’s endpoint stiffness. To validate our method, we examined how the strength of the power grasp, when holding onto a robotic manipulandum, affected the arm’s endpoint stiffness in three different locations of the workspace. The endpoint stiffness magnitude increased linearly with the grasp force, and this linear relationship did not depend on the arm’s posture or position in the workspace. The endpoint stiffness may have increased as a combination of greater grasp stiffness and greater arm stiffness, since larger co-contraction was observed in the elbow and shoulder with a stronger grasp. Changes in the grasp force could serve as a metric in assessing how humans adapt their endpoint stiffness magnitude.