Honda makes an exoskeleton that’s almost practical

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Although full-body exoskeletal robot assistance rigs aren’t all that far away, battery limitations are keeping most power suits on the shelves pending research into fusion cores reverse engineered from alien attackers. Until then, Honda’s “Experimental Walking Assist Device” scales down its utility but increases its useful operating time, allowing wearers to supplement their walking speed and increase their stride using battery-powered brushless DC motors for up to two hours. Great for the elderly, of course, but also for rental at the bottom of mountaintop scenic outlooks or sales to soccer teams.

If and when it ever goes on sale, of course.

Honda’s experimental walking assist device [Gizmag]

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4 Responses to Honda makes an exoskeleton that’s almost practical

  1. santulli says:

    Wonder if these and other exoskeleton-ey things would work for a sort of passive strength training. I’m imagine wearing one of these all day, walking to work, walking the dog, jogging with the resistance jacked up.

  2. godisafiction says:

    #2,

    It should double as a generator in that passive mode. Something like regenerative braking in cars, whenever you work against the motors, it should use your physical energy to generate electricity either to prolong its own use-time or maybe to power other personal electronics.

    Hey, your dog could also have a couple! He could be a little kibble-powered charging station.

  3. Halloween Jack says:

    I… see. So this is what the research team is doing while they’re supposed to be working on animating my RealDoll?

    *goes off to replenish scorpion pit*

  4. David Carroll says:

    But can I use this to take down a dessert full of bad guys ’cause they roughed me up last year?

    Yours Truly: Tony Stark

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