Good news for partially-disabled patients! The new robot prototype unveiled by Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan is one major step in creating brighter future for patients with paralysed legsÂ that could not walk anymore due to serious accidents or other health issues.
The new prototype ofÂ bipedal walking Â robot legs showcased by Japan’s Nagoya Institute of Technology is one revolutionary type of mechanical system for artificial legs, it will walk with the weight at the upper side as the sole moving force.
Designed with thighs, lower legns and ankles, the robot’s is made of aluminum and contains only mechanical components, that have been adjusted to match the thigh and leg lengths of a real person, at similar weight.
Entered as World’s Guinness Book of Record after logging 100,000 steps on a gently-sloping treadmill in a test session, over a 13-hour period, and traveled 9.3 miles (15 km) distance.
“This robot is walking down a slope, and its only source of power is potential energy,” said NIT’s Kazuki Iwatsuki. “It doesn’t use any kind of motor or control, so we think it’s very environmentally friendly.” Indeed, the device adeptly mimics the human gait, which is essentially a “controlled fall.”
Scheduled to go for commercial production within the next 1-2 years, those partially disabled patients with disfunctional legs will able to enjoy walking again!
Hopefully it will be widely commercialized worldwide, at affordable price for average mid-low household budget, since there is no complex electronics components involved in the making process.