"Technology is a means of serving people." Honda has for years conducted R&D on humanoid robots, as represented by ASIMO, to realize the dream to be useful to people and to help enrich their daily lives. Honda has now established a collective name, Honda Robotics, to represent all of its robotics technologies and product applications created through its R&D on humanoid robots. Striving to bring out the next generation of mobility, Honda will proactively carry on its robotics research and development.
Capitalizing on the balance control technology used by ASIMO for bipedal walking, Honda has come up with a new personal mobility device called the UNI-CUB. This device will move in any direction the rider intends through leaning their body. The rider can move forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonally just by shifting weight so that the rider's hands can be freed up for use in any way desired. The UNI-CUB is undergoing further research for its envisioned use inside facilities like an airport or shopping mall where many people come and go.
Honda is researching and developing the Walking Assist Device which manages the stride and rhythm of walking by assisting thigh movement when the user lifts each leg from the ground and extends forward through a motor located in the hip frame of the device. Honda's original thin motor and control system helped downsize the device, whose potential usefulness in walking rehabilitation programs is now being examined.
Walking Assist Device
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