Honda's robotics foray continues: Unveils 'walking assist device'

Honda's robotics foray continues: Unveils 'walking assist device'

Summary: A bit off topic, but pretty neat nonetheless: Honda has rolled out its second experimental walking device. The contraption is for folks that can walk, but have trouble supporting their weight.

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A bit off topic, but pretty neat nonetheless: Honda has rolled out its second experimental walking device. The contraption is for folks that can walk, but have trouble supporting their weight. Given all those Baby Boomers will be hitting retirement age in droves Honda may find a market.

honda.pngThe general idea is that this device will reduce the load on muscles and joints--notably hips, knees and ankles. Honda will begin testing it in the real world.

Gallery: Honda's walking assist device

The first walking system was unveiled in April and Honda's research rides shotgun with its ASIMO robot. In a nutshell, Honda's latest device is mounted like wearing shoes (statement). A seat supports your weight and the device moves with your legs. The system sits between your legs.

As for the specs: The Honda system weighs a little more than 14 pounds, has a motor and a Lithium ion battery that'll last about two hours.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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  • Their kidding right?

    It looks rediculous, AND uncomfortable!
    I'll stick with my knee brace and cane,
    Thanks anyway!
    raernst
    • guess where they put the....

      Their are not kidding.
      And guess where they put the extra battery...
      tom123_z
      • Their?

        I seriously hope you guys aren't English teachers.
        Core2uu
        • from http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/their.html

          "Many people are so spooked by apostrophes that a word like ?they?re? seems to them as if it might mean almost anything. In fact, it?s always a contraction of ?they are.? If you?ve written ?they?re,? ask yourself whether you can substitute ?they are.? If not, you?ve made a mistake. ?Their? is a possessive pronoun like ?her? or ?our? ?They eat their hotdogs with sauerkraut.? Everything else is ?there.? ?There goes the ball, out of the park! See it? Right there! There aren?t very many home runs like that.? ?Thier? is a common misspelling, but you can avoid it by remembering that ?they? and ?their? begin with the same three letters. Another hint: ?there? has ?here? buried inside it to remind you it refers to place, while ?their? has ?heir? buried in it to remind you that it has to do with possession."

          -are you sure that there is a mistake? Maybe they're correct- in their article's use of that particular word. Its either their mistake or yours.
          mjgaddi
          • My mistake?

            I'm sorry you confused me... If there aren't any mistakes then please explain to me how the sentence works... "Their are not kidding" doesn't make much sense... "They're not kidding" or "They are not kidding" makes much more sense...

            If you think Tom123_z's sentence is correct please explain to me how?
            Core2uu
  • I think they are on the right track.

    Who thinks that being stuck in a wheel chair or a bed for that
    matter is healthy. The problem that puts you there is only the
    start. I can't imagine one's circulation improves as one is
    stuck in a chair or bed right? And for their it and with time it
    probably gets worse. So getting people up and about is
    obviously the better solution. Is it stylish? Perhaps not now
    but you know sometime practicality actually wins out.

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
    • Factory workers...

      The pictures of the factory workers were interesting. It would relieve the strain workers who have to stand all day would feel. That would make people more productive, and proactively healthier over a lifetime of that kind of hard work. It's a cool idea.
      RationalGuy
  • It's a start

    I hope that in another year or two we see an industrial-strength version of something like this that could assist a fully-equipped firefighter to climb high-rise stairwells.

    Imagine if they could climb 10 or 20 floors (or 70 or 80 as some did on 9/11) and still have most of their energy left once they got there!
    hoohah
  • RE: Honda's robotics foray continues: Unveils 'walking assist device'

    They'll be all over the place in 15 years. Aging Boomers will fuel development
    dhawktx
  • Rather have a Segway (nt)

    nt
    Dr. John
  • RE: Honda's robotics foray continues: Unveils 'walking assist device'

    The next phase will be to take those that can't use their arms or legs and are house bound to be connected by the web to a serogate android like Honda's little guy that climbs stares and such and then these people can work a job by serogate. They will be able to sit at home and control the robot with there thoughts. They are probably already close because all that is stopping having androids are the artificial inteligance so they can sort of side step creating the AI and use disabled people as the brain for such devices. Then one step beyond that and inmortality would be to take a human brain and put it inside an android body
    dinosoft
  • RE: Honda's robotics foray continues: Unveils 'walking assist device'

    I think the general idea is to support the increased body fat index in the US men, so that they do not have to exercize... (As seen from Europe, where I am...)
    kirtor
  • RE: Honda's robotics foray continues: Unveils 'walking assist device'

    This may be just what I need. I'm not so sure what this would look like to others watching me use it ?? And the big question is... How much does this cost?

    In-Need
    jrussell29
  • RE: Honda's robotics foray continues: Unveils 'walking assist device'

    This would be a perfect assistance device for my aging father who has Parkinson's.
    infinitewilll
  • RE: Honda's robotics foray continues: Unveils 'walking assist device'

    Wonderful idea. My father would have benefited from something like this while he lived...hope they can make it work successfully.
    dmcrane
  • I hate the AUTO header. Get rid of it.

    A dozen posts all with the same header. Yeah, I want to click each and every one, NOT.
    No_Ax_to_Grind
  • RE: Honda's robotics foray continues: Unveils 'walking assist device'

    Can you jump with the system? k
    keithbm1