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Japanese HAL Robo-Suit Exoskeleton to Carry Disabled Man Up Mountain

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Written by Range | July 5, 2011

This robotic exoskeleton, like most exoskeletons, can give anyone who wears it a lot of extra strength. Enough strength to carry a paralyzed man up a mountain. At least that’s what’s going to happen with this particular suit.

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The Hybrid Assisted Limb (HAL) robo-suit was designed by Tsukuba University professor Yoshiyuki Sankai. It’s supposed to increase the wearer’s strength tenfold. A disabled man named Seiji Uchida (not pictured above) will be carried up Mont Saint Michel by someone wearing the HAL robo-suit. Uchiba will be placed in the back of the suit in a pannier. It has always been his dream to climb this mountain in Normandy, France, and he hasn’t been able to do so due to his physical challenges.

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The robo-suit has been designed to bear a load of 176 lbs, so should be able to carry Uchiba without too much trouble. The suit is battery-powered and detects muscle impulses to anticipate and support movements. It was originally designed to help the elderly and to lift patients in hospitals.

[Daily Mail via Ubergizmo]