Toyota is introducing a new robotic leg brace called the Welwalk WW-1000 that can help patients with partial paralysis affecting one side of their body walk again.
Those costs are not overly burdensome by medial equipment standards, and the system could drastically reduce recovery time for patients overcoming partial paralysis resulting from conditions include strokes.
The Associated Press reports that the Welwalk system will be made available to medical institutions in Japan later this year, with a rental model that charges a one-time fee of around $9,000 and then $3,200 after that on a monthly basis.
Hyundai also demonstrated a range of personal support robotic wearables last year, and it’s likely to be an increased area of focus among automakers in general as their turn their attention and business focus to overall mobility, beyond just vehicles and transportation.
Toyota’s robotic brace includes built-in sensors that know exactly how much support to provide the patient at any given point, letting making sure they aren’t either over-reliant on support, or rushed before they’re ready, potentially resulting in re-injury.
The Ohmni home robot wants to help families stay in touch with telepresence
as informed in The Ohmni is a home robot that might look familiar if you’ve ever been in a meeting room or attended a conference where there was also a telepresence robot present.
Startup OhmniLabs thinks that human connection is what will convince people to bring robots into their home, and their first robot, Ohmni, is built with bringing people together in mind.
Vu told me about how during their preliminary testing, one user in San Diego had Ohmni in his mother’s house.
Ohmni is available during a pre-order campaign via Indiegogo, with the first shipments starting in just four months.
Home robotics is an area of intense interest, with many large companies exploring how they might best address the potential market.
That’s because, as reported by New Scientist, the Japanese Volleyball Association is now using a robot volleyball player to help out during training drills.
The latest addition to Japan’s national volleyball team isn’t the most versatile player around, but it does provide an extremely safe pair of hands.
Its creators are planning on adding motion sensors to the bot so it can better test (and train) its opponents.
The bot simulates players on an opposing team blocking shots, and the movement and placement of each bot can be configured by the team’s coach using software.
The robot consists of three pairs of hands fixed to mobile torsos, which whizz back and forth on a fixed track behind the net.
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