Japan ready to market Robot Suit

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posted on Aug, 23 2003 @ 12:32 PM
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Japan ready to market "robot suit"
Thu Aug 21, 4:40 AM ET
TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese companies are preparing for the commercial launch of a "robot suit" that helps aged or physically disabled people walk, get up the stairs or seat themselves to relax without a chair.
Trading house Mitsui and Co. and some 30 other Tokyo firms plan to set up a joint-venture in April or May next year to market the powered suit developed by Yoshiyuki Sankai, professor and engineer at Tsukuba University, officials said Thursday.
"This is neither a robot in machine factories nor a one for amusement like a pet robot. This is a brand-new proposal projecting a future image of relations between people and robots," Sankai said.
"The suit practically supports people's life, focusing on the strong point of robots," Sankai said.
The powered suit, code-named HAL-3 (Hybrid Assistive Leg), consists of a computer and batteries in the backpack as well as four actuators attached around the knees and hip joints.


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[Edited on 23-8-2003 by quaneeri]




posted on Aug, 23 2003 @ 12:37 PM
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That is awesome, just think what they will have in 50 years when I am all old and crusty, thank you god, I am going to have the cyborg ninja body I've dreamed of all these years, and maybe crazy laser eyes.


lol seriously though, very cool, I am glad to see some advances starting to happen again that could lead to something enormeous.



posted on Aug, 23 2003 @ 01:01 PM
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This is the first step to multiple uses for helping those who are in medical need BUT it also sets the "wheels" in motion for robotic armored/combat suits, etc.....
RoboTech anyone?


regards
seekerof



posted on Aug, 23 2003 @ 01:08 PM
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I can only hope, I'd enlist and die for rich old men if I got to pilot a gundam





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