Honda assisted walking prototype now in two versions

Honda assisted walking prototype now in two versions

Postby Tulkas on 08 Nov 2008, 10:42

Honda have two types of mobility assist in development as seen here ... ml?ref=rss
It looks like they are going to sell a lot of these units.
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Re: Honda assisted walking prototype now in two versions

Postby Markus Waibel on 21 Nov 2008, 09:34

@Tulkas: Thanks for the post! Some more details below:

Honda's robotic exoskeleton
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Honda Motor Corporation has unveiled an exoskeleton composed of two legs and a seat which fits between the wearer's legs like a mini saddle. This novel design allows the exoskeleton to be used simply by stepping into a pair of shoes and lifting the seat into position. It is also very lightweight, only about 6.5 kg.

According to Honda a full battery charge can provide additional leg and body support for 2 hours. The device is designed for people who are capable of walking and maneuvering on their own, but who can benefit from additional leg and body support while performing tasks. The exoskeleton is still in an experimental stage and will now be tested in real-world conditions to evaluate its effectiveness.

For more information including specs check out the Honda press release, some Honda robot exoskeleton videos and BBC robot exoskeleton videos as well as the clip below.

As Tulkas mentioned a previous Honda exoskeleton version was made public earlier this year. Also see the video below:

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