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Matsushita and Activelink unveil rehabilitating robotic suit


If tossing on a HAL cyborg suit and ascending a mountain seems a bit intimidating to you, Japanese firms Matsushita (producer of Panasonic)and Activelink have partnered with Kobe Gakuin University to develop arobotic jacket that helps rehabilitate paralyzed individuals withslightly less “lofty“goals. The vest, which slips over an individual’s upper body and arms(no leg support just yet), allows the person to move their unaffectedarm as they please, while it mimics the muscles in the paralyzedarea(s) to help the patient recall the feelings of maneuvering thatlimb. By teaching the person to take over for the motorized “stretchingand bending compressors” within the device, the 1.8-pound suit cangradually help someone to regain stimulation in a previously motionlessarea of their upper body. Activelink reportedly plans to “starttesting” the unit at a Hyogo hospital soon, and make it commerciallyavailable by March 2009. The only kicker is the price — at ¥2,000,000($17,159), customers best ensure their insurance plan is mighty stout before suiting up in this.

http://wearables.engadget.com/2006/09/28/matsushita-and-activelink-unveil-rehabilitating-robotic-suit/

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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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