Gallery: Japanese Robo-Suit Enables Paralyzed Man to Visit France

 

A 49-year-old Japanese man who has been paralyzed for 28 years since he was involved in a car accident is set to embark on a trip to France with the aid of this super high-tech robotic suit. The futuristic device, that looks a lot like Iron Man‘s suit, will help Seiji Uchida to achieve his dream of visiting the medieval French World Heritage site of Mont Saint Michel.

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  1. tahrey July 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Aw, I was well excited by this until I read that it was being worn by his carer. It’s pretty much a retrofit of the kind of effort-sensing/boosting system that some electric bicycles use, then.

    May as well just employ a carer with stronger arms and legs, or send the current one to the gym to do some body building!

    Roll on neural/spinal interfaces so he can control the suit directly, and stronger motors so it can support his weight as well as being half-carried by / boosting the fully working muscles of his carer…

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