Honda launches 1st large U.S. study of its walk-assisting exoskeleton | MassDevice.com On Call

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Global technology titan Honda (NYSE:HMC) this month announced the 1st large-scale clinical study of its Walking Assist Device, a battery- and motor-powered exoskeleton that the company called "stylish."

The technology was designed to assist patients with reduced mobility due to illness, stroke or other causes, featuring "cooperative control technology" that activates motors based on hip angle sensors, similar to what the company used in its ASIMO humanoid robot.

"As a mobility company, Honda envisions a society where all people can experience the joy and freedom of personal mobility," environmental business development office manager Ryan Harty said in prepared remarks. "We are committed to leveraging our research into humanoid robotics to improve people’s lives."

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