HAL Hybrid Exoskeleton

Developed by Japanese robotics company Cyberdyne the robotic exoskeleton called  H.A.L (hybrid assistive limb) that allows the wearer to carry and move heavy objects and materials that would be impossible to move by a human being and also provide protection from radiation. The design came into concept after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 the idea being that power plant workers could clear and dismantle debris also rubble from the disaster area where vehicles and machinery would be unable to access.

The original idea of the H.A.L exoskeleton was to assist disabled or handicapped  people suffering from muscle and bone diseases that effected their mobility and ability to carry objects with combination of the exoskeleton and a radiation it has now become redesigned for people working in hazardous environments. The light design and flexibility of the H.A.L  exoskeleton makes it a comfortable to wear and easier to move in addition the entire suit weights 130 pounds including the added on radiation suit.

Original version                                                                 Radiation resistant version

The most advanced feature of the suit is its ability to detected nerve signals sent from the brain when the user thinks in order to move their limbs. Sensors in the H.A.L suit that are attached to the users skin interpret the movement of the suit when  bio-signals are sent from the brain to the users limbs. In response to the signal the sensor obtains the power unit on the suit which are the equivalent to biological joints, move the exterior framing to support and amplify the wearers motions.

Quotes: “We have to think of ways to protect nuclear workers, otherwise Fukushima won’t be sorted out”-  Eiji Koyanagi

 

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