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Robot Suit HAL Demo at CES 2011

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At CES 2011 tech writer Evan Ackerman became the first person in the United States to test the robotic exoskeleton Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, created by Japanese company Cyberdyne. Learn more:...

@digitalreporter They're in the South Hall in the robotics pavillion- I don't have the booth number handy.
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@BrokenBjartur Haha Crisis nanosuit alright, dream on. Videogames bing people to dream :-)
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@Chazzmatazz Already done in Japan for the elderly. It's just that medical devices cannot be used in a country until it has been approved by the local government authorities.
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Then even people with paralysis and or amputations could be helped in this manner. Though maybe some form of implants will be required to connect to the right nerves directly. They may have all a different frequency though.. which would make it easier. But I am guessing here. Haven't studied this area but for the basics.
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@KamenJesse unfortunately it wouldn't work unless the signals from your brain got to the legs. so it really depends on if the signal gets there or not. I'm not exactly sure ho being a paraplegic works (no offense meant if it did) but if the nerves are damaged it won't work
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What amuses me was the booting interface. The progress bar and all that just reminded me of the first Ironman movie, when Tony Stark couldn't move in his MKI until the suit is fully activated.
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I presume with spinal cord damage from a broken back for instance which paralysis everything from waist down, the signals just won't travel any further. I compare it with an interupted data cable. I could be wrong mind. Sometimes the muscle overflex because too much input or are just limb. Also sensory nerves might still function which translates ussually to pain. But then again there are more types of paralysis such as strokes which ofcourse messes things up in the brain.
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WOW imagin people confined to wheelchairs can walk now! amazing
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mama said theys mah magic shoes. Mama says they'll take me anywhere.
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I want to see it put on someone who actually HAS lost the use of their legs due to injury and see if it will help them.
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Test it on a paraplegic please.
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They should work. The HAL suit reacts to the tiny electrical pulse your brain sends to your muscles. Ive read that it sometimes reacts before your own muscles do.
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Wow, that is amazing. I forsee exoskeleton armed Soldiers in the Future.
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@hanserclimbs Or maybe they changed history and avoided Judgment Day by being a peaceful / healthcare robotics company. :P
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I don't think this specific technology would work on paraplegics yet since it still requires nerve impulses to reach the legs.
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@akilhawk i know, whats the chances of that...
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Yeah I could be wrong too. Im actually watching the first lecture in Stanfords free Intro to Robotics class on their website. I love learning things. I wish I could do the same with a class based on the HAL suit.
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terrible name for a robotics company
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@spectrummag If you watch carefully on the Mac screen running the control program (near the end of the video while he tries to walk up the stairs) you'll see that it may also have to do with the weight distribution of his body. An important aspect in every gait analysis attempt.
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@KamenJesse it doesn't read your mind...if your paraplegic it most likely wont work since those nerve endings are dead. the suite reads the nerve endings on the muscle itself so if no signal is going there then the HAL won't move.
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@aznlove251misan But if he was in a wheelchair, a ramp would have to be built...40 seconds...no problem!
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so does the suit only work for ppl with limited movement in their legs? what if you can't move your legs at all?
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Glad this is being worked on. Has so many possible rehab uses. Love to know more details. Hopefully you'll do more videos on them.
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@kizkoool If you watch previous videos of the HAL suit (e.g. ones with people who had used the suit before) the walking looks faster and a lot more natural. My guess is that it takes a while to get comfortable with it on.
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@zoikles1 eh, its bound to happen anyways. we'll evolve into another species in the future. but i believe this time we'll have the ability to evovle ourselves. we wont naturally evovle, we'll gentically or something like this do something to us.
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Absolutely amazing. I wonder how it would work with someone with a spinal cord injury who isn't getting the same subtle nerve messages to the legs. It may be time to re-think the need for wheelchairs in 10-20 years!
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Im not a neurologist but i thought the signal still gets sent, the muscles or the brain reception doesnt notice it though.
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How could you not like this? This is beautiful.
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This cyborg race will destroy us all!
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@BrokenBjartur Correct- before the video begins, Evan had to attach four sensors to his skin: one on each thigh, and two on his waist. There are also two hip sensors, which weren't used in this demo.
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good stuff.. i'll wait for a gundam or a terran marine armored suit
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@scottycatman sorry, but it will fail harder than the hammer drones XD
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i think the guy called it that because of the fact he loves the terminator movies :P
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But thats the problem... Unless they have changed the suit.. The suit has those electrode patches positioned at key muscles on your legs. if by a paralysis those signals are not traveling to the leg muscles then the suit can't pick them up. The reason why the suit reacts before the muscle does has nothing to do with paralysis. If the signal aint there then squat will happen. However if the signal can be intercepted before it reaches the muscle, say above the paraysis, (see next comment)
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but this person can move doesnt he? at least some movement. What about totally disabled?
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@spectrummag Just to clarify: there were two sensors on my thighs and two on my quads, for a total of four on each leg. One sensor was attached to each side of my waist, and there were three additional hip sensors per side that weren't in use.
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@spectrummag on the brain too? impulse come from there... i don't know! but want to know! robotic will change ours lives for sure have fun!
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That's great. Please keep up the good work. My daughter (currently 18 mos) may need something like this one day.
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@BrokenBjartur it moves faster than a a human i heard. like he thinks it, it moves before his muscles do
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Please test it on someone who can actually benefit from it and post videos of that. This is just a tease to those with real mobility disability.
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@KamenJesse I t would not work on a people who are neurologically paralyzed. The exoskeleton detects nerve impulses in the limbs intended to flex muscles and controls the motors in the exoskeleton.
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Yes I would like to see testing on paraplegic people. If it works there could be a tangible market for this exosuit for civilion use.
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@KamenJesse it has already been tested. a japanese man actually summited a 3,6 kilometer hill with one of these (:
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@L0YD86 The professor was quite surprised that the name wasn't trade-marked, so he used it. Don't forget, Cyberdyne is known for making nearly indestructible and high quality machinery. You can't say that's a bad thing.
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i know this is a pointless comment but was't the company in the termenator?
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can i have a custom of that for my left arm?? i want to cyborgadize half of my body :D
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Is Cyberdyne in a booth at CES? If so, what is their booth number...I'd like to track them down on the show floor today.
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@kaikovich The sensors in the suit pick up the signals of the nerve endings and emulates the movement of the muscles. So, if you're paralyzed it won't work, but it could help a person with muscular dystrophy. But, maybe in ten years they can apply the same technology on a paraplegic. The last couple of years their's been a few breakthroughs in brain-machine interfaces. Intrusive(brain implants) as wel as non-intrusive(sensors) systems allow a person to control machines directly with the mind.
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the next step is the nanosuit from crysis
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Cyberdyne? isn't that the name of skynet's builders in terminator? Anyway's so all it needs is some dragon skin armour all over it and a mini gun strapped to each arm and we have super soldiers right?
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It is very useful for phisically handicapped people.is it available to purchase? and how much cost it will be?
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@BrokenBjartur Of course :-) Sry for my comment and lets look forward to the future :-)
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@Dullimagination That might not preclude the hardware still being useful, even if it would have to have an alternate means of control...
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@KamenJesse This design wouldn't work in this case, because the skeleton works on electrical signals sent from the brain. If a paraplegic has spine damage, the signals would never reach the sensors to move the legs, making it useless
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@BrokenBjartur I remember reading that the HAL suit is controlled by electrodes attached on the skin of the legs (and arms, in the case of the full suit). The suit senses bio-electrical signals and applies assistive power slightly before the muscles start moving.
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now they jus tneed one that connect t o your......, robo@%@%)
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This was made by a company called Cyberdyne? Are you fucking kidding me?
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It's controlled by sEMG, no signal from the nerves that control the legs, no go.
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@akilhawk haha, i think it was! sounds very familiar.
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out of all company names they pick Cyberdyne as the name for a robotics company?
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its the same signal from start to finish so u would just have to pick it up were the nerve dies. Can't be to big a problem, the sensor could be on the end of a flexible thin cable that leads up the back to the point of paralysis. put on carbon fiber form cast of the calf , quad and pelvic area to keep chafing down and pressure points that might cut circulation.
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test this on Stephen Hawking, thats the real test of this technology :)
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@BrokenBjartur yeah you really had to mention nano suit...damn it, why do we all love that suit so much?
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So Cyberdyne actually exists now... prepare for the robot apocalypse and the birth of an equivalent of Skynet, everyone. With the implementation of machines and technology into our bodies considered a "good" thing (not that it doesn't have good uses, but that's how they're going to get it accepted into the mainstream, then we won't notice the switch from greedy, corrupt people running the show- it'll be robots with minds and "moral" standings of their own), that's where we are headed.
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@Kancer0001 Very True. I didn't think of that.
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Stop makins robots!!!! Do you want to be terminated?!?!?!?!?!
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