Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Honda develops walking assist device

TOKYO —Honda Motor Co said Monday it has developed a prototype of a walking assist device for supporting the elderly and others with weakened leg muscles. The device is designed to be worn with a belt around the hips and thighs.

It is equipped with sensors for measuring the hip angle so that optimal assistance will be provided from the motors around the thighs. The device helps lengthen the user’s stride and facilitates walking. The device is based on the company’s ASIMO humanoid robot technology.


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