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PostSubject: Toyota Introduces Robots that Help Patients Walk Again   Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:38 pm

Yay for Toyota. This will help so many people.



Toyota Introduces Robots that Help Patients Walk Again
Samantha Murphy, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
Date: 02 November 2011 Time: 04:36 PM ET

Robots will be standing by to help paralyzed patients and the elderly walk.

The first of the robots – the Independent Walk Assist – is a computerized leg brace that is mounted onto a paralyzed leg and helps the knee bend as the person walks. It can support the patient’s weight, and it adjusts as the patient develops more strength.

The second robot uses similar technology but focuses on retraining those who are walking-impaired. The Walk Training Assist robot detects movements in the hips through sensors located at the foot and thigh of the computerized brace and supports the return to natural walking.

The Balance Training Assist helps those who struggle with balance while standing up. Patients stand on the device, which features two wheels, and they play video games that strengthen their muscles.

The fourth and most advanced robot – the Patient Transfer Assist – reduces thephysical burden required of caretakers when transferring patients. With the combination of weight-supporting arms and a mobile platform, this robot helps the caregiver move the patient, such as from the bed to the bathroom.

The robots were developed in collaboration with Fujita Health University Hospital in Japan's Aichi Prefecture.

This story was provided by TechNewsDaily , a sister site to LiveScience. Reach TechNewsDaily senior writer Samantha Murphy at smurphy@techmedianetwork.com. Follow her on Twitter @SamMurphy_TMN.
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PostSubject: Re: Toyota Introduces Robots that Help Patients Walk Again   Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:19 pm

I saw that story and isn't that cool!!??? What a difference that can make in people's lives Clap
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PostSubject: Re: Toyota Introduces Robots that Help Patients Walk Again   Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:13 am

How great do you feel as a scientist if you were part of the team that developed this? That has to be better than "Choco Choco Latte" for them. I was going to say something else, but thought of that song & had to add it...haha...no, seriously, a major accomplishment.

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PostSubject: Re: Toyota Introduces Robots that Help Patients Walk Again   Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:43 am

That would be awesome to know someone was walking because of something we worked on...how cool Cool
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