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    New robot suit for rent!
    Robot suit for rent in Japan to help people walk

    Invention that may have far-reaching benefits for the disabled and elderly

    Katsumi Kasahara / AP
    Robotic suits named HAL, or "hybrid assistive limb," are demonstrated during a press conference at the headquarters of Cyberdyne, a new company in Tsukuba, outside Tokyo.
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    TSUKUBA, Japan - A robotic suit that reads brain signals and helps people with mobility problems will be available to rent in Japan for $2,200 a month starting Friday — an invention that may have far-reaching benefits for the disabled and elderly.
    HAL — short for "hybrid assistive limb" — is a computerized suit with sensors that read brain signals directing limb movement through the skin.
    The 22-pound battery-operated computer system is belted to the waist. It captures the brain signals and relays them to mechanical leg braces strapped to the thighs and knees, which then provide robotic assistance to people as they walk.
    Cyberdyne, a new company in Tsukuba outside Tokyo, will mass-produce HAL. Two people demonstrated the suits at the company's headquarters on Tuesday.
    A demonstration video also showed a partially paralyzed person getting up from a chair and walking slowly wearing the HAL suit.
    "We are ready to present this to the world," said Yoshiyuki Sankai, a University of Tsukuba professor who designed HAL.
    Sankai, who has worked on robot suits since 1992 and is also Cyberdyne's chief executive, said a full device that covers the entire body is also being designed, though it is unclear when it will be available commercially.
    HAL comes in three sizes — small, medium and large — and also has a one-leg version for a 150,000 yen, or $1,500, monthly rental fee.
    Noel Sharkey is a robotics expert not affiliated with the technology. The professor at the University of Sheffield in the U.K. said HAL will have wide-ranging benefits for the elderly others with movement disabilities.
    "HAL can only lead to extending the abilities of the elderly and keep them out of care for longer," Sharkey said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
    Cyberdyne said its policy is not to reveal how much it costs to manufacture the device. It is unclear when HAL will go on sale to the public or what the price tag will be.

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    These devices can only add strength to someone already able to walk. Might be great for walking incompletes but the rest of us will have to wait for the ReWalk.

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    "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

    -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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    Until those suits are ready for quads, what I would like to see is a robotic device that would give me "triceps power" for certain transfers or when I would need more pushing power. That is something that seem to me much easier to develop and useful NOW for C-4-5-6 quads as long as it is convenient, elegant, light, easy to put on etc. Anyone know of such a device? Maybe even just a strong FES device well designed to trigger the triceps when needed.
    Pharmacist, C4-5 injury but functional C6 (no triceps/flexors)

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    These guys at cyberdyne , well i have been pretty desperate to get one of this suits as i am a incomplete t12 patient with good muscle power 4 at the hips and knee, but they shot back a letter now saying that they are more interested to help ONLY japanese patient , i further press asking for assistance from the Japanese Embassy and now they say the suit is at the moment only ready for Nurses and Care takers to increase their strength to help out their daily patient caring routine, i am mighty frustrated as it seems their advert is nothing more than a scam to get more investor on board to then perfect this technology.

    I wish if anyone could , where can i complain ? Who i can go to to complain about giving false hope ? I being in a wheelchair now and just concentrating on walking again really hope i can find a job in United Nations or something to be able to shout out to the world the pain and hopelessness in being imprisoned by your own body , why can;t out community have aid campaigns and fund raising events like cancer patients does , like aids campaign that is championed by celebrities ?

    Anybody any idea, as i do not have to work , i am ready to commit to start campaigns , relocate to anywhere in the world to work for this cause. I even volunter to relocate to tokyo to be able to use the cyberdyne suit but to no avail.

    I further wrote to berkely bionics, at least they were more forthcoming that their product is not ready and will keep me informed.Unlike Cyberdyne its false hope for now.
    If victory is certain den even a coward can fight, But d real brave is d1 who still dares to fight when his defeat is almost certain !

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    question for Vince78

    Vince78 - could you tell me what you have learned from the Berkeley Lab? I saw a presentation at Squaw Valley Conference 1 year ago and was ready to sign up as a guinea pig, since I am an incomplete walking para.
    Where are they with their research?

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    sorry i have no idea , all i got is a email telling me they at berkeley is working at it and has not perfected the device for public usage , my point in the last post is that cyberdyne is shitty to publized in such a way it gives false hopes to desperate para's really and i am one of em included that would do anything to walk again
    If victory is certain den even a coward can fight, But d real brave is d1 who still dares to fight when his defeat is almost certain !

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    "Cyberdyne, a new company in Tsukuba outside Tokyo, will mass-produce HAL."

    Cyberdyne is teaming up with HAL!?!?!? Oh no, there will be nuclear extermination of humans on earth and in space, John Connor is our only hope.

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