Panasonic‘s Active Link unit is releasing a robotic exoskeleton called POWERLOADER Light.
The system is targeted at research institutions working in robotics, rehabilitation, and related topics.
Some details from Plastic Pals:
The system is designed to operate on Linux2.6, and it totally open to customization by researchers (including the hardware exterior).
The initial price is 18,000,000 JPY ($223,000) a pop, but they’re enticing potential developers with a research grant program, which would effectively halve the price to 9,000,000 JPY ($111,500 USD).
Researchers have to publish their findings within one year, with the caveat that others must be able to reproduce the results in three years.