”Utilizing technology to help people.” From 30 years ago, ahead of other companies, Honda has been conduct- ing 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 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 present the next generation of mobility, Honda will proactively conduct its robotics research and development.
Capitalizing on the balance control technology used by ASIMO for bipedal walking, the UNI-CUB has allowed riders to move forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonally just by shifting their weight. In order to offer a new joy of mobility, Honda is now working toward commercialization of this personal mobility device by incorporating users’ feedback, featur- ing the excellent harmony that this new personal mobility can create, with people and with their surroundings.
Honda has been making continuous progress in the research and development of the Walking Assist Device, which manages the stride and rhythm of walking by using a motor located in the lower back area to assist thigh movement, synchronized with the user extending the right or left leg forward or kicking it backward. The compact size has been realized through Honda’s original thin motor and control system. The device is now undergoing verification of its effectiveness in supporting people with reduced walking ability.
Walking Assist Device
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