Japanese Robosuit Helps The Elderly

robotsuithal.jpgJapanese seniors may be able to enjoy independent lives even longer than they do now with the newly developed robotic suit, which may be leased to individual clients as early as next year.The suit, developed by a Tsukuba University team of science professor Yoshiyuki Sankai and students, is designed to assist a user’s limbs for easier movement.

A user is able to walk more easily and avoid muscle strains or lift objects as heavy as 20 kilogrammes in this suit because it moves slightly before the wearer’s limbs. Sensors on the suit correspond with the user’s brain signals, which would tell muscles to move.

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