Honda to begin lease sales of its Walking Assist Device in Japan
22 July 2015
Honda's Walking Assist Device - for use in rehabilitation - is to be leased to hospitals and rehabilitation facilities throughout Japan in November.
The Walking Assist Device helps users walk more efficiently based on the inverted pendulum model - a theory of bipedal walking - and is designed to be used in walking therapy/training under the supervision of a doctor and/or therapist.
Honda began the research and development of the Walking Assist Device back in 1999, basing its study on the research and development of ASIMO, the company’s advanced humanoid robot.
Since 2013, with the cooperation of approximately 50 hospitals and other facilities in Japan, a limited number of the Walking Assist Device have already been in use, which enabled Honda to optimise its functions.
The device is compact and lightweight thanks to the use of 'thin' motors and a control system developed independently by Honda. The simple belt structure makes it easy to wear and remove, while size-adjustable frames allow more people with various body sizes/types to use the device.
A measuring function visualises the unique walking patterns and training status of each user on a tablet–like display.