Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 974–979

Study on intelligent baby carriage with power assist system and comfortable basket

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12206-009-0324-5

Cite this article as:
Kawashima, T. J Mech Sci Technol (2009) 23: 974. doi:10.1007/s12206-009-0324-5

Abstract

In Japan, lightweight and easy-to-fold baby carriages are commonly used because a parent has to hold both the baby and its carriage while ascending or descending a flight of stairs. Since families commuting by private automobiles are increasing, there is a demand for carriages with high functionality. In this study, an intelligent baby carriage equipped with an advanced electro-hybrid power assist system that uses in-wheel-type motors is experimentally developed. This system assists the parent in lifting the carriage onto a sidewalk by detecting the edge of the sidewalk using an ultrasonic distance sensor. The carriage also has the following features: a tilt control system that keeps the basket in a horizontal position even on a slope, and a heartbeat simulator that provides comfort to the baby in the basket by simulating the heartbeat of the parent. The effectiveness of the proposed carriage is confirmed by performing experiments.

Keywords

Assist systemComfort in ridingHeartbeatIntelligent equipmentMotion controlPerambulatorPramTilt control

Copyright information

© The Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringKanagawa Institute of TechnologyAtsugiJapan