[NetBehaviour] HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) Cybernetic Suit.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat Apr 11 15:54:53 CEST 2009

HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) Cybernetic Suit.

Cyberdyne Corporation of Japan, in conjunction with Daiwa House, has 
begun mass production of a cybernetic bodysuit that augments body 
movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold.

The HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) suit works by detecting faint 
bioelectrical signals using pads placed on specific areas of the body. 
The pads move the HAL suit accordingly. The Cyberdyne website explains: 
"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 wearer's daily activities."


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