Honda is thinking outside the box again?
Japan ? Honda unveiled its second experimental walking assist device that helps support bodyweight while walking, going up and down stairs, and in a semi-crouching position. The new walking assist device and bodyweight support system reduces the load on leg muscles and joints (in the hip, knees, and ankles) by supporting a portion of the person's bodyweight. The device has a simple structure consisting of seat, frame, and shoes. A mechanism that directs the assisting force toward the user's center of gravity in concert with the movement of the legs makes it possible for the device to provide natural assistance in various postures and motions.