“HangerON : A Belt-Type Human Walking Controller Using the Hanger Reflex Haptic Illusion” by Kon, Nakamura and Kajimoto

  • ©Yuki Kon, Takuto Nakamura, and Hiroyuki Kajimoto

  • ©Yuki Kon, Takuto Nakamura, and Hiroyuki Kajimoto


Entry Number: 10


    HangerON : A Belt-Type Human Walking Controller Using the Hanger Reflex Haptic Illusion



    While walking with a navigation device, visual and auditory navigation information can require interpretation, and may distract the user from potential hazards. As a novel way to provide navigation information without distraction, we propose a method whereby the Hanger Reflex, which is an illusory phenomenon caused by haptic stimulus, influences walking. We have developed a way to stimulate the Hanger Reflex at the user’s waist, thus eliciting rotation towards the left or right. In this paper, we describe three different uses of our system: 1) Normal walking navigation, in which the device automatically navigates the user to the destination; 2) remote control of one user by another user; and 3) self-control of walking.


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