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This article was published on January 12, 2011

    This robot exoskeleton will let you walk again for $1,500 a month

    This robot exoskeleton will let you walk again for $1,500 a month
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    And the the elderly and disabled will walk again! Thanks to robots of course, specifically a system called “Hybrid Assistive Limb”, shortened to HAL and created by Japanese company Cyberdyne. The powered robot exoskeleton moves in response to nerve signals in a human’s legs. Users only need to “think” and the robot legs will move for them. Think of the legs like an incredibly advanced Segway that is actually sensing your nervous system. The HAL suit is available to hospitals and clinics in Japan to rent for about $1,500 per month.

    Exoskeletons such as these are currently being developed in both the United States and Japan to provide mobility to the elderly and disabled and to give soldiers super hero like strength.

    Watch IEEE Spectrum tech writer Evan Ackerman become the first person in the United States to test the robotic exoskeleton legs at CES 2011.