This is one of studies on evaluation method of similarity using kansei information. In this paper, we try to evaluate the similarity between visual impressions of handwritten character, and describe the experiment and consideration. In this experiment, we define a kansei information parameter representing human kansei and a function to evaluate the similarity. We examine the evaluation function by using handwritten characters which one receives the similar impressions practically. In result, we have confirmed that the function is available to the handwritten character with several characteristics, and the influence of the kansei word on the similarity is proportional to the strength of the kansei.
We investigated the behavioral characteristics of pointing to a remembered target in a walking distance over reaching, for an attempt to discuss the short-term memory representation about the position for objects in rather far space. Our results showed (1)that information of targets' position for pointing was encoded on a body-centered frame of reference tied to the eyes and the shoulder jointed to the effector arm, (2)that by turning subjects' body and changing the direction of viewing before recall of the targets, they indicated the position of targets biased toward their body on the onset of pointing, and (3)that visual stimuli other than the targets interfered the memorized targets to be undershot with respect to the subjects' body.
In the rehabilitation such as the fracture patient, the training which walks by putting on the appropriate load for the foot of the side with bad, is carried out. This paper proposes the training support system which measures the load value of bad foot by a tactile sensor, and returns the feedback to put on the appropriate load. Real-time auditory feedback which does not disturb the walking, even if the feedback is given under walking and off line visual feedback which quantitatively presents the load value right after the walking are respectively implemented, and the evaluation experiment was carried out. In the auditory feedback, it was confirmed that the following method was effective. The load condition is divided into three of weakness load, appropriate load, load exceedance, and which condition is the present load, is announced and the present load reached 80% of the appropriate condition is announced as a sub goal. The learning speed was faster than the off line feedback for the auditory feedback. However, the training effectiveness of the off line feedback after the training as 100 walks was able to be achieved to the degree of levelness with the auditory feedback. Therefore, it is effective to use the off line feedback jointly using the auditory feedback in the training initial stage afterwards.
This paper describes a music Kansei information communication method with vibration motors on a body for handicapped persons. We make clear the relation between Kansei and motor-vibration for the music type and the comfortable condition of the number of vibration motors. For the music information communication, suitable vibration motors arrangements, the number of channels, and the number of motors per channel are specified. Further more, we examine the music information communication with vibration. The result shows that the proposed method has good effects to the human kansei for the music having widely dynamic range.
We have developed an on-line Japanese character input system for the blid. This system is composed of a hand controller and a personal computer with a voice synthesizer. We have improved on-line Japanese character recognition algorithm for the blind. Then, this system is applied to the electronic mail system. This paper describes the system evaluation for the blind and a solution of several problems for the Japanese document editing function by utilizing this system.
This paper addresses the computerized teaching/learning materials for hearing Japanese sign language(JSL)learners. We have developed a small-size computerized material that focuses mainly on an appropriate use of a Japanese word(translation)for a sign word depending on context used in signed language sentences. The appropriate use of Japanese word(translation)is one of important issues in interpreting JSL into Japanese. We have made an evaluation experiment with deaf and hearing people, and have collected their opinions of the computerized material. We also point out certain issues to be considered and solved for improving the material.
The main purpose of the present study is to advocate the method of teaching Japanese using a system of visual symbols called PIC(Pictogram Ideogram Communication), which has been normally employed for those people with communication disorders. In order to show the significance of using this kind of visual aides when talking with each oter who do not share the common language, a case study was reported where employing PIC symbols was helpful in identifying the current topic of the conversation and also in recognizing the individual words whose concepts were already acquired by the child in another language.
Separation from the people they love causes stress in children and weakens their natural healing capabilities. The Connectionless Communication System(CCS)aims to provide sick children with a new means of communication that can help them with their emotional and medical challenges. The CCS is a videophone network communication system that can provide a child with an Internet link to his/her family's home under conditions of unlimited access. Young patients at the National Children's Hospital and the National Okura Hospital in Tokyo, Japan have been using a cyberspace-based network communication system that includes the CCS system since October 1999. This paper studies on the system's effects on children ; it's usability and the effectiveness of the CCS as a communication system for hospitalized children.