Friday, October 10, 2008

Robotic Suit for Rent in Japan!

From the Associated Press's Yuri Kageyama,
"TSUKUBA, Japan - A robotic suit that reads brain signals and helps people with mobility problems will be available to rent in Japan for $2,200 a month starting Friday - an invention that may have far-reaching benefits for the disabled and elderly.

HAL - short for "hybrid assistive limb" - is a computerized suit with sensors that read brain signals directing limb movement through the skin.

"We are ready to present this to the world," said Yoshiyuki Sankai, a University of Tsukuba professor who designed HAL.

HAL comes in three sizes - small, medium and large - and also has a one-leg version for a 150,000 yen (US$1,500) monthly rental fee."
Looky how it do:

Mmmmm! Maybe if I rent and wear one of these I can finally beat my Grandmama in a footrace. She's wicked fast.

She do it like this, son:

Peeeeeeeeew!!! Like a rocket! Go Nanna!