A foot following locomotion device with force feedback capabilities

Martin SchwaingerHeinz UlbrichThomas Thümmel

This paper deals with the design of a locomotion device which enables the user to walk naturally in any desired direction. The user stays in place while walking due to the recentering control which compensates all movements originating from the walker’s movements. Moreover, the walking area is not limited in any direction. Spontaneous turns up to 90 degrees can be managed without restrictions; slower turns can be carried out with infinite angles. Different from existing 2D foot followers, this device can realize free movement of the walker in any direction by new rotational degrees of freedom. The device can be additionally equipped with a force feedback system to increase immersion.

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