More on feet:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers are using a new model to learn more about how toe strength can determine how far people can lean while keeping their balance.
The results could help in building robotic body parts that will closely imitate human movement, and might lead to a new generation of advanced prosthetics.
Many studies concerning human balance have emphasized the legs and upper body while ignoring the feet, he said.
Hooshang Hamami, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State University built a complex computational model of the human foot to look at the role of the feet and toes in determining the body’s movement and balance.
“My hope is that my work will inspire construction of robotic models of various body parts that can move similarly to the human body. If you can make a robot or computer model kick a soccer ball like a soccer player, we will have a better understanding of how various parts of the body work during movement. Then, perhaps, you can build an artificial spinal cord that could help the handicapped,” Hemami said. “Attaching a robotic spinal cord to the outside of someone who is handicapped could help muscle development.”