Toyota, the same one that builds Camrys and Corollas, has unveiled a new rehabilitation assist robot designed to help people recovering from a stroke or other conditions to get back to walking.
The Welwalk WW-1000 consists of a treadmill system, with suspended support straps and a video monitor up front, and a robotic leg brace that helps the patient bend and extend knee joint. The robot adjusts its motion to keep up with the treadmill and is able to deliver different levels of assistance, depending on the rehab needs of individual patients.
The system is interactive, with a vertical large screen display and voice prompts providing feedback in real time on how an exercise routine is going. All the data about each session is recorded in detail, allowing rehabilitation specialists to assess progress and develop further plans to achieve optimal results. A lot of this is done via a touchscreen display on the side of the treadmill component.
Toyota will be renting the Welwalk WW-1000, via Good Life Design Inc., to healthcare facilities starting later this year, hoping to roll out 100 of its systems.
Here’s a short video presenting the system:
Here’s an in-depth press briefing: