Disabled Japanese man to climb Mont Saint-Michael in France using robot suit HAL

By on Jul 6, 2011 in Amazing, Asia, Europe, Health, Science Comments

A disabled Japanese man is being set to climb Mont Saint-Michael in France next week using the robot suit called HAL or Hybrid Assistive Limb.

Robot suit HAL being modeled
by a Tsukuba University student

Image Credit: AFP/Getty Images

As noted at Daily Mail on Monday, July 4, 2011, a paralyzed Japanese father of two named Seiji Uchida will attempt to climb a French landmark wearing the robot suit HAL.

Uchida, 49, who was noted to have lost his ability to walk after an accident 28 years ago, will be aided by the robot suit HAL when he climbs the Mont Saint-Michael, which is about 250 feet.

As described at Cyberdyne.jp, the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) is a cyborg-type robot that can expand and improve physical capability, providing support to the wearer’s daily activities.

“When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneuron, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence.” The Cyberdyne website wrote.

HAL catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer.” The website added, noting that it is the world’s first cyborg-type robot controlled by Hybrid Control System.

HAL was said to have been developed by Yoshiyuki Sankai, a professor at the Tsukuba University in Japan, with the device capable of carrying about 440 pounds of load.

In addition, HAL is a battery-operated device and was designed for rehabilitation support and physical training support purposes as well as heavy labor support at factories, among others.

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