Basis for Sound-Based Assistive Technology

  • Tohru IfukubeEmail author


In this chapter, the author discusses the methodology as well as the basic concepts of assistive technology based on cybernetics that regards the human body as a feedback system comprising the senses, the brain, and the motor functions. In the latter part of this chapter, the author explains some mechanisms of the auditory sense and speech production of human beings that are needed to understand the contents of the book. The author introduces a national project called “The Creation of Sciences, Technologies and Systems to Enrich the Lives of the Super-aged Society” that he has promoted since 2010.


Roles of assistive technology Auditory mechanism Speech production Super-aged society 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of GerontologyThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Hokkaido University of ScienceSapporoJapan

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