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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cyberdyne Starts Clinical Testing in Sweden

Credit: Cyberdyne
Japanese Cyberdyne Inc., a robotics start-up that is affiliated with Daiwa House Industry Co, will start a partnership with Swedish Dandery Hospital for clinical testing before the launch of its "Robot Suit HAL" (Hybrid Assistive Limb) in Sweden.
The first cooperation talks started in 2009, when founder and inventor Prof. Sankai, Tsukuba University, visited Sweden for consultation and demonstration. See report here.
Cyberdyne established its first European subsidiary 2009 in Denmark to establish a consortium to win government approval for HAL suits as health care equipment and for the leasing of HAL suits. The project was funded by ABT fund of Denmark Government (a fund for projects on labour saving technology).
HAL is a cyborg-type robot that can supplement, expand or improve physical capability. When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneurons, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence. At this moment, very weak biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin. "HAL" catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit is controlled to move the joint in unison with the wearer's muscle movement, enabling HAL to support the wearer's daily activities.

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