Honda walking assist device tested in rehabilitation training

7 July 2008

Honda has begun collaborative testing of its experimental walking assist device with Shinseikai Medical Group in Kasumigaseki-Minami Hospital (Kawagoe, Saitama prefecture, Japan). The device was created to support walking by the elderly and other people with weakened leg muscles, but who are still able to walk on their own.

Honda began research of a walking assist device in 1999 with the goal to provide more people with the joy of mobility. The device lengthens  the user's stride, making it easier to walk.

Rehabilitation training with Honda's
walking assist device

The compatibility and effectiveness of the device will be evaluated during rehabilitation training at Kasumigaseki-Minami Hospital to help people relearn to walk safely and efficiently. The testing also will identify and study areas of effectiveness and potential issues from different perspectives by the trainees, physical therapists, doctors and researchers.

Currently, the device is in the feasibility stage and Honda has been showcasing and gathering feedback from a wide range of people who experienced the device at relevant trade shows including the International Trade Fair on Barrier Free Equipments & Rehabilitation for the Elderly & the Disabled (BARRIER FREE 2008) held in April (at Intex Osaka) and at the Welfare 2008 in June (at Nagoya International Exhibition Hall).

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