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Walking Assistance Device Seems Ridiculous

Engadget reports today that Honda will be showcasing a robotic walking assist device next week:

Apparently employing some of the same technology developed by Honda for its ASIMO robot, the walking assistant is able to obtain information from hip angle sensors to help keep its wearer upright, with the device’s motors also able to increase the wearer’s natural stride.

While apparently the target market will be elderly people and those with leg problems, I suppose that lazy, hi-tech gadget crazy people might also pay a lot of money for this ridiculous looking device. If I ever require assistance walking when I’m older, I plan on simply using a hickory cane or two.


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