Honda Walking assist Exoskeleton
This is a follow up to Honda’s effort since 1999 to enhance this technology based on ASIMO robotic know how to assist elderly and other individual with walking problem as well as the people working constantly at half way sitting posture. Honda introduced the Walking assists Exoskeleton in April of this year and followed that up with the yet another model of Exoskeleton this November. The objective of this device is to reduce burden to the legs while individual is walking or is in half-way sitting position which may occur in such places as factories or car assembly sites. The device supports part of the individual’s weight and reduces the pressure to their leg’s muscles and joints. The device is still in its prototype stage. Honda is planning to begin testing this device at its Saitama car factory this November where the four-wheeled vehicles are being manufactured. This devise has a built-in motor which helps with the movement of walking. It automatically supports the weight of the individual when the knee is bending or being extended which will reduce some of the pressure to the knee and hip joint. According to Honda the pressure to the muscle by using this device will be reduced between 10-20% while individual is bending and stretching or climbing up and down the stairs. Honda’s hope is to come up with more compact design of this device with simplified structure for easy wear.