HAL Robo-Suit Exoskeleton Hits the Streets of Tokyo

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Remember that HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) exoskeleton from the real-life Cyberdyne? Ahead of plans to rent the suit to those with mobility issues (or Iron Man fantasies), it's now being tested on the streets of Tokyo. Here's the video:


The full suit comes in three sizes, with the largest weighing 50lbs (though it seems you don't notice that when you're wearing it). It now looks like single and two leg versions will rent for about $1570 and $2300 per month.

Despite the tests, Cyberdyne still won't say when the HAL suit will reach the greater public. Check out the vid, the future looks super strange. [HPlus Magazine]

Older video showing the suit can help users lift up to 10x the weight they normally could:



Well, I congratulate the engineers and development team for making a seemingly successful product, but unless I missed something, I don't see the proof. I had to watch this video without sound, so I couldn't hear if it was addressed; but these three look like fully able-bodied young adults. No movement issues. I'd like to see someone who would need a wheelchair or a crutch before I'd trust this.