Official: Honda Walking Assist Device begins US testing at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Filed under: Etc., Technology, Honda

For years, we’ve been wondering what implications Honda’s Asimo robot could have in the real world, and now we’re starting to get a sense of that. Honda announced that it will begin its first US clinical studies of the Walking Assist Device at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in an effort to provided improved mobility for people who have suffered a stroke. While the automotive tie-in here is pretty weak, this is the first time we’ve heard about this device since it was unveiled back in 2008.

Weighing in at six pounds, Honda’s device is fitted to the waist and legs of patients to make it easier to walk, and the 22.2-volt lithium-ion battery provides enough electricity for more than an hour of operation. According to Honda’s press release, which is posted below, up to 80 percent of the almost 800,000 stroke victims each year (in the US alone) are afflicted with limited mobility, so a medical aid like this could have a big impact in the real world.

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