Honda Motor Co Ltd, Torrance, Calif, has unveiled its second experimental walking-assist device that helps support body weight to reduce the load on an individual’s legs while walking, going up and down stairs, and in a semi-crouching position. The device is designed for people who are capable of walking and maneuvering on their own, but who can benefit from additional leg and body support while performing tasks.

The company will begin testing the device in real-world conditions to evaluate its effectiveness.

The device has a simple structure consisting of seat, frame, and shoes, and the individual can put it on by simply wearing shoes and lifting the seat into position. A mechanism that directs the assisting force toward the user’s center of gravity and the ability to control the assist force in concert with the movement of the legs make it possible for the device to provide natural assistance in various postures and motions.

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[Source: Medical News Today]