Assistive Robotics

Honda Walk Assist, which supports gait rehabilitation, will be released for customers on a leasing basis in November. The device has been in development since 1999 and it has taken almost 17 years since the project's launch to become a viable product with practical use.
Why Does Japan Get Dyson's New 360 Eye Robo-Vacuum First? - AkihabaraNews.com
The steadily plodding iterations of iRobot’s Roomba and its legion of copycats are old hat, and the collective We aren’t really impressed anymore. While the 360 Eye performs the same task, it stands out, and just kinda has that new robot smell. The talking points/broad strokes/things to know are:
Robots in 2014 - AkihabaraNews.com

Contributor Sean P. Bullock is a materials manufacturing professional, robotics nerd-enthusiast, citizen scholar, and manager of the unofficial DARPA Robotics Challenge Facebook page.

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Associate Professor Toshiaki Tsuji's Laboratory at Saitama University has developed R-cloud, a rehabilitation support robot that enables users to view how their own muscles move during rehabilitation and training.

Skeletonics at Maker Faire: Tokyo 2013 - AKihabaraNews.com

In addition to our exclusive close-up footage of Team Skeletonics' human-powered exoskeleton, luckily we also collected a few wide angle and close-up stills. Yeah, we've kinda been fawning over Skeletonics of late. But for good reason: you won't believe what they're working on.

Riding, Demoing, and Dismounting Skeletonics - AkihabaraNews.com

Getting in/on, Demoing, and Getting out of a Team Skeletonics Exoskeletal Suit
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in a pretty small room)

Over the weekend we visited a conceptual capital, a Mecca of sorts, of super-powered, executive-level Japanese geekdom: Maker Faire: Tokyo 2013.

We’ve been in love with Team Skeletonics’ human-powered exoskeleton for years, and all throughout, it's pretty much been the same mechanical and aesthetic configuration. But it now looks like they’ve been refining in the background, and might be bringing something new out to play.

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Japanese Robots: Honda's UNI-CUB with a Civilian, a Smartphone, and an Escape (VIDEO) - AkihabaraNews.com

In its 18 public months, Honda’s semi-robotic UNI-CUB personal mobility device hasn’t seen a lot of the spotlight, but that might be changing; last week, here in Tokyo, we managed to capture some raw footage of a UNI-CUB test ride, smartphone control, and a rolling departure (VIDEO).

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