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Thursday, March 01, 2007

HAL-lelujah! - catwalk with robot suite

Forget the robo-babe metallic leggings of Balenciaga, the Chanel pans or Hussein Chalayan´s cyber skirt, they are old fashion. Think future and invest US $ 5000 in Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) a robot suit from japanese Cyberdyne which can expand and improve your physical capabilities. With HAL-5 you can hold up to 40 kg load by arms and can increase the maximum weight of leg press from 100 kg to 180 kg. HAL can be used for heavy physical labor supports at factories and plants, rescue supports at disaster site, care personnel supports, entertainments. HAL is originallly developed to help elderly or disabled people walk around with their own legs and HAL-3 achieved the primary goal in 2000. In 2005, the latest model HAL-5 was given upper body limbs as well as weight saving and more compact power units, longer life battery, much smaller control unit and spectacularly designed outer shells.

HAL is 1600 mm height, and the full body type weights approx. 23kg, lower body approx.15kg. HAL is deriven by battery with continuous operating time of approx. 2 hours and 40 minutes. HAL can be used for daily activities indoor or outdoor such as standing up from a chair, walking, climbing up and down stairs, hold and lift heavy objects etc.

Cyberdyne Inc will co-operate with Daiwa House Industry Co to produce 400 HAL units per year. Daiwa House has investered approx. 1 billion yen (about 1 million dollar) in Cyberdyne to establish infrastructure for massproduction. Cyberdyne will use Daiwa Houses sales network to offer HAL for rehabilitation and elderly care rent. The renting fee will be 60.000 yen - 200.000 yen per month. HAL-lelujah!

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