Thursday, August 06, 2009

Cool Tech

I always think technology is the coolest when it comes to using it for enhancing patient's care. I came across this online and just wish to share it.
Pic from Cyberdyne

This is HAL - Hypbrid Assistive Limb.
"'Robot Suit HAL' is a cyborg-type robot that can expand and improve physical capability. When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneuron, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence. At this moment, very weak biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin. "HAL" catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit is controlled to move the joint unitedly with the wearer's muscle movement, enabling to support the wearer's daily activities. This is what we call a 'voluntary control system' that provides movement interpreting the wearer's intention from the biosignals in advance of the actual movement. Not only a 'voluntary control system' "HAL" has, but also a 'robotic autonomous control system' that provides human-like movement based on a robotic system which integrally work together with the 'autonomous control system'. Depends on the type of HAL, it can multiply the original strength by a factor of 2 to 10!
"HAL" is expected to be applied in various fields such as rehabilitation support and physical training support in medical field, ADL support for disabled people, heavy labour support at factories, and rescue support at disaster sites, as well as in the entertainment field. "
- Extracted from Cyberdyne
This is just so cool, isn't it?


Anonymous said...

doc darren, i hope u can update ur blog more frequent... coz i do love to read ur blog... i keep reading ur first entry till now... im biggest fan of yours!!!!!

but i just nobody... dats why i didnt introduce myself..^_^

Darren Lee said...

Sorry that i've been busy lately..ok i promise i'll update real soon k..pls bear wit me;)

xL said...

yeah... that's cool....
definitely going to help the patients esp. in the rehabilitation process. =)

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