Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Exoskeleton Robot to Aid Elderly

'Robot suit' to enhance human power
From correspondents in Tokyo
June 07, 2005

JAPAN has taken a step into the science-fiction world with the release of a "robot suit" that can help workers lift heavy loads or assist people with disabilities climb stairs.
"Humans may be able to mutate into supermen in the near future," Yoshiyuki Sankai, professor and engineer at Tsukuba University who led the project, said.
Exoskeleton Robot

The 15kg battery-powered suit, code-named HAL-5, detects muscle movements through electrical-signal flows on the skin surface and then amplifies them.

It could also move on its own accord, enabling it to help elderly or handicapped people walk, developers said.

'Robot suit' to enhance human power | World Breaking News | Breaking News 24/7 - NEWS.com.au (07-06-2005)


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