The Herald Sun has an article that says that
Japanese companies will market a 'robot suit'. The powered robot
code-named HAL-3 (Hybrid Assistive Leg), will aid the aged or
disabled people to walk, climb stairs,
or sit down. The suit consists of a computer, batteries, and four
at the knees and hip joints.
Rembember that exoskeleton palet jack thing that Sigourney Weaver used
imagine for a moment your grandma barrelling toward
ya like Terminator with her sexy vericose robo-legs to come and pinch
you on the cheek! Ahhh!
Seriously, though, I wonder how safe this thing will be? Or, what
happens when it goes bizerk? Will it run Windows? Ahh, grandma, I
didn't know you could
And the gratitutious: I've fallen and I can't get up!
It's nice to see that something like this actually has become something
usefull. I investigated this idea a few years ago when proto-types were
being tested on astronauts and cosmonauts who were in space for extended
periods of time. They wanted to create a suit that would quickly
rehabilitate muscles. The last I had heard of the device was that it
was considered being used to treat cerebral palsy patients. Leave it to
the Japanese to refine it and market it. Bravo.