hybrid assistive limb

The Hybrid Assistive Limb (also known as HAL) is a powered exoskeleton suit developed by Japan's Tsukuba University and the robotics company CYBERDYNE. It has been designed to support and expand the physical capabilities of its users, particularly people with physical disabilities. There are two primary versions of the system: HAL 3, which only provides leg function, and HAL 5, which is a full-body exoskeleton for the arms, legs, and torso.

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Inventions, Robotics

Iron Man-like exoskeleton enables paralyzed Japanese man to visit France

University postgraduate student Hiromasa Hara displays the Hybrid Assistive Limb climbing model, a robot suit designed to carry a person.

Seiji Uchida is 49 years old and for the past 28 years he’s been left paralyzed from the waist down and to one of his arms after a dreadful car accident. He’s never lost hope of walking on his own two feet ever since, though, and now thanks to the marvels of Japanese robotics, his dream of his visiting¬† the medieval French World Heritage site of Mont Saint Michel will become true. Called the Hybrid Assistive Limb or HAL, the Japanese robot-suit which will assist Uchida looks like something that’s been manufactured straight of an Iron Man comic strip design. Not only does it look incredibly awesome, in lack of…