Ben Cantrick (mackys) wrote,
Ben Cantrick
mackys

The elderly Japanese welcome their new robot mas... oh, hell with it.




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.

The motor-powered devices guide movement of the legs as the computer calculates the user's next motion by detecting faint electric signals from the muscle, the professor said.

With the equipment, the user can walk at a speed of four kilometres (2.5 miles) per hour with little physical exertion and avoid the jerky stop-go moves of ordinary robots.


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1509&ncid=1776&e=2&u=/afp/japan_robot_technology
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