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    New Honda device eases walking, standing, working

    By Michael W. Jones

    Honda has developed and introduced a cybernetic device which is used to help support body weight and reduce stress on the legs and knees. Although the bulk of Honda’s presentation of the device was aimed at assisting factory workers, there are obvious implications for others among the rapidly aging population of our planet. The mechanism is specifically designed support the weight of the body, reduce stress on the knees, help getting up steps, and staying in crouching positions.

    The device looks like a bicycle seat supported by two frames that are in turn connected to a pair of shoes. The video shown by Honda during their press conference concentrated on factory workers wearing the machine in various working situations. Anyone, however, can use it simply by sitting on the seat, placing their feet in the shoes, and pushing the button that activates the mechanism.

    Jun Ashihara, a Honda engineer, says “This should be as easy to use as a bicycle. It reduces stress, and you should feel less tired.” Ashihara also noted that the device should be useful for people standing in long lines, people that must be on their feet for long periods, and others that feel leg and knee stresses during a normal day of activity.

    This is not a passive mechanism. It includes a motor, battery, gears, sensors, and a control computer. It responds automatically to the movements of the person wearing the device. Honda plans to begin testing the device later this month using its own assembly line employees at company facilities.

    Japan’s population is in the leading wave of aging countries. Honda is not alone among Japanese companies seeking to make life easier for its aging citizens. Toyota Motors premiered a Segway-like conveyance earlier in the year, and a company named Cyberdyne has already begun production and distribution of a “hybrid assistive limb” which reads brain signals to assist people in moving about via mechanical braces that attach to the user’s legs.

    Although Japan is a world leader in robotic technology, the Japanese people are not alone in the aging trend. Many Western and other Asian nations are closely behind Japan’s aging population. The worldwide market for such devices is expected to grow rapidly within the next 10 to 15 years. The mechanisms may also have uses within the physically handicapped community.