Monday 14 September 2009

Cyborg Exoskeletons For Rent In Japan

Japan's robotics venture, Cyberdyne is renting their robot-suit HAL  (Hybrid Assistive Limb) or otherwise known as an exoskeleton - the mind-controlled wearable machine increases strength and endurance,  rents for $2,300 a month. Sensors on the skin detect traces of nerve signals from the brain, synchronizing the power suit's movements with the user's own limbs.

According to professor Yoshiyuki Sankai, from the University of Tsukuba; "The suit was developed to assist human body movement by expanding the range or amplifying the strength." The suit, which a person straps on to his or her legs, is equipped with a computer, motors, and sensors that detect electric nerve signals that are transmitted from the brain when a person tries to move his or her legs.
These high-tech suits are designed to help the elderly and disabled walk more easily. The professolr anticipates that these devices in the future "will have a large role to play in Japan, where one in five people are now 65 or over as well as for heavy duty or rescue work as well as entertainment purposes."

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