The Cyberdyne Corporation of Japan has begun mass production of a robot suit designed to help older people or those with disabilities to walk or lift heavy objects. The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) Suit is a motor-driven metal “exoskeleton” which you strap to your legs and upper body in order to power-assist your body’s movements. “It’s like riding on a robot, rather than wearing one,” says the suit’s developer Yoshiyuki Sankai, who envisions the suit being used for medical rehabilitation, industrial uses, disaster rescue and entertainment. The company plans an annual production fo 400 units at a cost of approximately $4,200 each.

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