Japanese researchers develop a robot suit that can help the elderly and infirm walk or lift heavy objects. The robot suit dubbed “Hybrid istive Limb 5”, was developed by Yoshiyuki Sankai, a professor from the University of Tsukuba. “We have developed a robot suit which can expand, amplify and support the functions of human body,” Sakai said. “By wearing the robot suit, people suffering from stroke or from brain damage can lead their daily lives independently.”
The suit is equipped with sensors that detect electric nerve signals transmitted from the brain when a person tries to move his or her limbs. When the sensors detect the nerve signals, the computer starts up the relevant motors to ist the person’s motions.
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