An offshoot of Professor Sankai’s work at Tsukuba University, Cyberdyne’s HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) robotic exoskeletal walk assist technology is being tested with real life old people. The system detects the angle of the hip, knee, and ankle joints, and sensors attached to the skin monitor nerve impulses from the brain to the muscles so the system is ready when an action, such as walking or standing are about to take place. It is expected that robotic exoskeletons such as HAL (and related DARPA initiatives) will help nurses lift bedridden patients and soldiers carry their gear in the near future. Video and media after the break.
[source: KBS news]