Ever wondered what humans would be wearing to work in the not too distant future? Not very different from what Hollywood screenwriters love with all their heart: Cyborg suits. Here’s the thing, human exoskeleton suits that can multiply your strength by 10X are no longer stuff from blockbuster movies but real usable technology. Japanese venture firm, Cyberdyne, are the makers of the robot suit HAL or the Hybrid Assistive Limb, that is posed to challenge Ironman any day now.
Tony Shark a.k.a Ironman wouldn’t be a happy man if he saw Cyberdyne’s HAL in action. First reaction would be – worthy adversary. But HAL’s creator, Prof. Yoshiyuki Sankai from the University of Tsukuba, wants to use them for medical use and elderly care only. This futuristic exoskeleton is a dream come true for rehabilitation of the injured and the elderly in performing their daily tasks. Even the technology behind this wonder suit is straight out of a sci-fi bestseller.
HAL works on a system based on the network of neurons that links the brain to different body parts. It uses a heady combination of hi-tech sensing technologies that pick up minute signals from the surface of the skin, and directs the robotic parts to follow the “anticipated” steps. This in turn produces the “robotic walk” with minimum human effort on part of the user. Different variants for the HAL suit include one for the legs, one for elbow articulation and another one for carrying people in rescue operations.
Future variants can be customized to include exoskeleton HAL suits for people working in industries, construction and even military rescue operations. Way to go, HAL. Just wondering how would you like yours to be customized? Get the full info on HAL.