We are very glad to see that a multinational company of the size of Honda, mainly known its presence in the automotive market, is also devoting some of its time and resources –even if it is a only a small part- to search for solutions that make life easier to people with mobility problems.
The presentation of a prototype of a device to help people walking, which may be used either as a help by people with mobility problems, or as a tool in jobs where workers have to adopt uncomfortable positions during long hours, is such an initiative. An assembly line in an auto factory is a good example for this application. In fact, this “gadget” is being used by workers in Honda´s own factories. The device consists of a seat that bears the weight of the user and two mechanical legs, ending in a pair of shoes. A PC, a motor a battery and some sensors detect the user´s movements and respond to them in the adequate way.
In the blog FayerWayer you may see more information on this device and even a video of it.
Via Associated Press. The author of the picture is Katsumi Kasahara.