The Danish Prime Minster Lars Løkke Rasmussen (right) has recently paid a working visit to Japan. During his stay he met with Prof. Sankai, inventor and founder of Cyberdyne (center), the manufacturer of exoskeleton HAL. The Prime Minister got a demonstration and was also testing the robotic device supervised by Danish robotisist Prof. Henrik Hautop Lund (left).
Denmark and Japan have established close robotics relations in recent years. In 2008 Denmark signed an agreement with Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) to purcase 1,000 therapeutic robots (Paro) for use in health care facilities. The Danish government is the first organization to make a large-scale purchase. Denmark aims to have the Paro robots in their new homes by 2011.
Cyberdyne has recently signed for collaboration with Rehabilitation Center in Odense for starting a project funded by the Danish Government. "HAL" will be introduced to a rehabilitation center in Odense University Hospital for clinical trials regarding worker augmentation.