Exoskeletons in every home: Honda will contribute to this




Exoskeletons in every home: Honda will contribute to this


Exoskeletons, once appeared on the pages of popular fiction stories on our cinema screens and televisions, are getting closer to becoming a part of our everyday life. The company Honda , which deals not only with the production of cars and motorcycles, but also has a serious unit for the production of humanoid robots began taking orders for the rental of a hundred of their exoskeletons Walking Assist Device, designed for Japanese hospitals. These devices have to help sick people go without much effort.

Note that in addition to Honda, engaged in the development of exoskeletons and other companies: Panasonic with its device Activelink Powerloader, Cyberdyne HAL with his , Argo Medical Technologies with its ReWalk , Rex Bionics and REX, Ekso Bionic and EKSO, Raytheon and XOS2, RB3D and Hercule, as well as Lockheed Martin and the military exoskeleton HULC – they will soon hit the market.


HAL exoskeleton from Cyberdyne company and its founder Professor Sankai

Exoskeleton Walking Assist Device from Honda, designed to facilitate the passage of hospital patients rehabilitation course, also stands out. He is one of the few that is designed solely for peaceful purposes. In turn, the development of companies Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are primarily aimed at ensuring that facilitate the task of physically demanding tasks for the soldiers.


HULC exoskeleton from Lockheed Martin

Honda has worked on Walking Assist Device for as much as 14 years. Simultaneously with the company’s engineers were engaged in other exoskeleton – Bodyweight Support Exoskeleton, which is also positioned the company as a device to help workers, but still wore the most military.


Exoskeleton Bodyweight Support Exoskeleton from Honda tested on automotive factories

Development of Walking Assist Device has been closely associated with the work on another project – the construction of a humanoid robot Asimo, designed to help hospitals. Thanks to the progress and abilities Asimo (the robot can climb stairs, walk on uneven terrain, and so on) Honda engineers managed to achieve results in the development of the exoskeleton. The device is controlled by a computer and has a variety of sensors, which, according to Honda, «improve symmetry and accurately determine the time for each leg lifting from the surface to move forward without much human effort.”



Fairly compact device weighing 2.6 kilograms was developed in collaboration with medical and other research institutions. Start leasing program, which Honda announced the other day, will have to encourage other companies to continue working in the same direction.
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