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Friday, March 01, 2013

Global safety certificate on nursing-care robot HAL

Credit: Infonaut, Cyberdyne HAL
The Hybrid Assistive Limb, HAL, a power-assisted pair of legs developed by Japanese robot maker Cyberdyne has has become the first nursing-care robot certified on a draft version of an international safety standard for personal robots to be issued as an international standard in the summer of 2013, according to the Japanese Ministry for the Economy, Trade and Industry, METI
Based on the results of the "Project for Practical Application of Service Robots" conducted by NEDO, the Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA) will grant certification based on the international safety standards for service robots (ISO/DIS13482) and issue a certificate to the "Robot Suit HAL® for well-being," 
Cyberdyne, based in Tsukuba, northeast of Tokyo, has so far leased some 330 suits to 150 hospitals, welfare and other facilities in Japan since 2010, at 178,000 yen ($1,950) per suit per year.

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