posted on Dec, 5 2004 @ 10:09 AM
Toyota of Japan is introducing a system to help mobility impaired individuals function in everyday capacities. Toyota calls these systems robots, but
they are really wearable suits controlled by an individual. They are proposing to manufacture two models. One is a four wheeled model that has high
and low speed capabilty. The user actually sits in the "robot" like sitting in a chair. In the low speed mode, the wheels are retracted or slid
closer together reducing the wheel base. This would allow for increased manuverabilty in close quaters. The wheelbase stretches for high speed
travel. The walking model uses a bipod, two leg and feet, for mobilty over objects such as steps and stairs. This model woud have many implications
over wide sector of industry.
Toyota has created a walker robot that the driver sits in and controls. It's meant for handicapped people to get around with, but you can easily see
the potential for this technology to become the basis for a real-world version of an AT-ST Scout Walker or mobile suit Gundam -- just add guns!"
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These are serious looking machines that could have a real impact help disabled person. Let me add, however, I'm not disabled and I want one. These
things look absolutely cool. I wouldn't be supprised to this tecnology incorporated into military technology.
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[edit on 5-12-2004 by Banshee]