Honda’s Robolegs Help People Walk

Posted on April 15, 2009  Comments (6)

Honda’s Robolegs Help People Walk

The devices combine sensor-driven motors and weight-bearing chassis to guide strides and support body weight. Though derived from technologies pioneered during the ASIMO’s quarter-century of development, their use could be deeply human, boosting manual laborers or assisting people unable to walk without help.

The devices are still in the research stage, and Honda has not yet formalized plans to go commercial. If they do, the market could be large, and not only in Japan. The number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to double by 2030. More than 17 million report difficulty climbing stairs or walking a quarter-mile.

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6 Responses to “Honda’s Robolegs Help People Walk”

  1. Lee
    April 17th, 2009 @ 1:06 am

    This is fascinating, but I wonder if someone could sit on it and it walk for them. It almost looks like the robolegs aren’t doing as much as I thought they would. But it’s hard to tell without trying them.

  2. David
    April 23rd, 2009 @ 6:59 am

    how does it actually help people walk?. does it feel like your walking while sitting?. im still quite confuse about this and im sure if honda is planning on commercialize them, it would be quite expensive.

  3. Lori Dell
    May 13th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

    Reading more into this… With “sensor-driven motors” does that mean that this is not spring driven and therefor under some type of battery power?? Always amazed with the abilities of human health driven engineering!

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