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Electrical and Kinesthetic Stimulation for Virtual Walking Sensation
Hirofumi Kaneko, Ren Koide, Yasushi Ikei, Tomohiro Amemiya, Koichi Hirota, and Michiteru Kitazaki
(Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan; NTT, Japan; University of Electro-Communications, Japan; Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)
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Abstract: The effect of electrical stimulation applied to the lower limb tendons on the sensation of virtual walking was investigated. The virtual walking, here, is a passive experience in which the user sees and acts virtually as some other person did to learn through his/her experience. A display device was developed to provide electrical stimulation to sensory nerves in the Achilles tendon and the tibialis anterior tendon. A kinesthetic stimulus and visual stimulus were simultaneously provided to a seated participant. We measured the sensations of walking and translational motion regarding three factors of electrical, kinesthetic and visual stimuli. The result obtained from eleven participants revealed that the three factors were significant in enhancing the sensation of virtual walking. The electrical stimulation for proprioception seemed effective to compensate the characteristics of passive kinesthetic playback of experiences.

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Time stamp: 2019-03-26T21:57:21+01:00