Engineers from Honda are in Detroit this week for the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress, where they will show off and demonstrate the latest advancements of their walking assist and bodyweight support devices. We have previously covered the development of these, now you can see them in action, on a limited basis.
We couldn’t make it to New York to try them out, but the folks at WIRED were able to and captured their experiences on video.
These leg supports are designed to provide assistance in walking and climbing for patients with a variety of neuromuscular disorders. Honda has not stated a specific time frame of when these devices will come to market, or what that market will be. However, this technology seems to offer a great promise for patients who need mobility assistance.
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