Honda has developed a robotic walker for disabled people
Honda, the giant Japanese multinational company is best known for its manufacture of motorbikes and cars. The truth is, the company has its fingers in a load of different pies. It may surprise some to know that Honda has undertaken manufacturing operations in not only motor vehicles, but electric generators, water pumps, lawn and garden equipment, rotary tillers, outboard motors, jet aircraft, jet engines and thin-film solar cells. More recently, Honda has set its sights on the robotics industry. But not just any form of robotics.
Honda is giving the elderly and disabled a brand new lease on life. The video below showcases two very important advancements in the field of patient rehabilitation and mobility.
The first is known as a Walking Assistance Device. It is a form of exoskeleton that attaches above the knee and around the waist. For those who have either nerve or muscular-skeletal issues, the device is able to assist with stride management which is pivotal for maintaining the momentum required for basic forwards walking.
The powered device imparts energy in the direction the user is going to swing their legs for them. It also stops the power in time so the person doesn’t topple over. The innovation had been in development for 14 years prior to the first rollout of 100 units in 2013.
Exoskeletons have been developed by other companies before, often to help people walk for longer and carrying heavier loads. It is heartening to see a company as large as Honda seeking to help those in real need of help.
The second advancement is a bodyweight support exoskeleton. The development sets to revolutionise the way manpower is utilised in factories and manufacturing. Featuring supports locked into a pair of shoes and with a seat protruding under the gooch, workers are able to adjust the unit to take their body weight at any height and at any position. Think about the collective sigh of relief from millions of lower backs around the world!
Check out the video below – these technological advancements are nuts!
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