Vivian'S Design Journey

The company announced this week that it expects to begin selling the health-aidrobots in 2013.

“[Toyota] endeavors to provide the freedom of mobility to all people, and understands from its tie-ups with the Toyota Memorial Hospital and other medical facilities that there is a strong need for robots in the field of nursing and healthcare,” the company said. “We aim to support independent living for people incapacitated through sickness or injury, while also assisting in their return to health and reducing the physical burden on caregivers.”

One of the robotic devices in the Toyota Partner Robot series is a mechanical exoskeleton for people’s legs. The device, dubbed the Independent Walk Assist, uses computer sensors to help people suffering from paralysis or other ailments to walk again.

The device seems similar to a robotic exoskeleton that was developed by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and that helped…

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