Honda Walking Assist Device for The Elderly and Other People with Weakened Leg Muscles

Still remember about Honda robotic walking rehab? At that time, we didn’t have much detail information, but now Honda has made official statement regarding this robotic walking assist device. It’s great that Honda tries to extend its areas from cars and motorcycles, but so far we don’t jump in joy for their ASIMO Robot. But this…a robotic assist device for disabled individuals, now you’re talking…

Available in three sizes, the device uses brushless DC motors powered by lithium ion batteries that allow up to two hours of walking assistance per charge. Honda’s Fundamental Technology Research Center will be showcasing the device at the International Trade Fair on Barrier Free Equipments & Rehabilitation for the Elderly & the Disabled, which will be held at Intex Osaka, Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27, 2008.

Honda walking assist device is much more compact than similar device such as : rewalk exoskeleton. If this device is working perfectly, not just us, there are going to be a lot of people jump in joy for Honda’s breakthrough.

honda walking assist device

honda robotic walking rehab assist device


From the website :
Honda began research of a walking assist device in 1999 with a goal to provide more people with the joy of mobility. Currently, the device has entered into the feasibility stage.

The cooperative control technology utilized for this device is a unique Honda innovation achieved through the cumulative study of human walking just as the research and development of technologies was conducted for Honda’s advanced humanoid robot, ASIMO. Applying cooperative control based on the information obtained from hip angle sensors, the motors provide optimal assistance based on a command from the control CPU. With this assist, the user’s stride will be lengthened compared to the user’s normal stride without the device and therefore the ease of walking is achieved.

The compact design of the device was achieved with flat brushless motors and a control system developed by Honda. In addition, a simple design to be worn with a belt around the hip and thigh was employed to help achieve overall weight as light as approximately 2.8kg. As a result, the device reduces the user’s load and can be fit to different body shapes.

Note : This device is designed for people who are still capable of walking on their own.

honda robotic walking assist device

honda robotic walking assist device

Designer : Honda via AutoBlog

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Glyndwr john says: July 7, 2008

i work for honda (hum swindon )and fist saw this in a meeting at work ..please keep me up to date with this walking assist as my daughter was born with no femar bone and hip socket in one leg and this my help her in the future if some developement was made to help the disabled , she can walk now but we don’t know for how many more years…

TheFuture says: July 7, 2008

Hi Glyndwr, try this link for the update :
http://world.honda.com/news/2008/c080630Walking-A

Perhaps you can try to contact honda to find out where you can get this robotic walking assistant.

dr.jacob varghese says: July 10, 2008

Sir,i am sixty year old,vilage doctor.Partially immobilised from the age of twentyfive due to an attack of viral meningomyelitis.Muscles acting on my right hip and knee joints are between grade 0-3 power.With aging my walking has become very difficult.Perhaps your walking assist can of help to me.

thank you dr jacob vargese

GIRIJA says: December 28, 2008

I want to know if this Hoda devise can help people with muscular dystrophy of limb girdle type.If so what would be it's price in Indian currency?

jacqueline says: February 9, 2009

Will this device help people with MS with poor walking and balance?

GIRIJA says: February 22, 2009

Are the devises useful for patients suffering from L.G.M.D.i.e.with weakened biceps but still walking with slowly progrresive disability?Please reply to my Emaili.d.The cost in Indian rupee.Awaiting a fast reply.

Lim Joo-Hock says: April 24, 2009

I am 87 years old and as a result of a lumber operation some 9 years ago I am now wheel-chair bound. I am interested to know whether your device will be of use to enable me to walk and if so where can I purchase it and its price.

Michael says: December 9, 2009

Hi, I am looking for an external support (Like an exoskeleton) solution for a 94 year old woman with a broken femur who is still able to walk, but due to osteoporosis and overall health condition, surgery is not an option. I wonder if this product would apply.

ivano mazzi says: June 19, 2010

I'm very interesting in your walking assistent device support. i work with old people and i'm interested to have information about price and if it is possible send in franchising your products in Brescia, Italy.

thank you very much

Dave Arkfeld says: October 4, 2010

Who can I contact regarding the availability of this product?

carolyne ndungu says: October 19, 2011

Am a nurse working in a spinal injury hospital,am interested to know if this or any of your devices can help our patients walk.

manish says: July 10, 2012

i am 37yr old .i am suffering from backer muscular dystrophy but i still capable of walking own .can i purchase your device how .i live in india please u send me reply

nachotinker says: November 5, 2012

hey im currently looking for this device for my grandparents i would like to know the price and where to get it asap. if u would contact me it would be much appreciated

keith says: November 16, 2012

how much does it cost ! :)

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Josh says: April 8, 2013

How much this stuff cost ?

Joe says: May 10, 2013

Has anyone received an answer from Honda? Or is this all hype?

Mary says: May 30, 2013

My mom is suffering from arthritis. She is now being treated and under medication to improve her bone condition. Through this event, we learned on how to take good care of our bones. We were taught the variety of exercise and diet. I’m glad to have read this post. This is an additional knowledge.

v ikram says: July 13, 2013

Hi, i m from india. i have a friend aged in his mid 40s, who cannot walk. few years back he meet with an accident in Himalays and he can just walk with help or ust keep lying down. If this thing can make him walk , it wil be great. the problem is, his house is deep in the hills. so its up and down, slippery and very uneven. Please help me if u can. I would really appreciate ur help. Vikram

gigly says: June 12, 2014

great

Nat Readerland says: October 29, 2014

there is no current availability. November 12, 2013 – Honda announced that a clinical research study of its Walking Assist Device has begun at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Patients are already in the study. My guess is it will still be a few years before this ever hits the market as it was developed 5 years ago as it is.







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