Wearable Robotic Suit Could Help Disabled WalkBy Gaudin, Sharon; Computerworld,
Publication Date: April 13, 2009
Article features Robot Suit HAL, an exoskeleton built to be used in medical rehabilitation. Created by the Japanese company Cyberdyne, HAL, which stands for Hybrid Assistive Limb, is intended to help people become mobile after a stroke or spinal cord injury. According to the company, HAL can make a wearer two to 10 times stronger than he or she is without the suit. The exoskeleton is designed to capture human nerve signals sent from the brain to the muscles. The signals are caught in a sensor attached on the wearer’s skin; the signals then control the movements of the joints in the suit. Since the exoskeleton supports its own weight, the suit reportedly does not feel heavy to its user. HAL is currently only available in Japan, although the company plans to introduce it in Europe.
Published by: Computerworld Inc.
Link to text: http://www.itworld.com/tech-amp-society/66358/wearable-robotic-suit-could-help-disabled-walk