Cyberdyne to sell robotic suits in Denmark  

2008.10.08
Cyberdyne Inc is ready to market its products overseas, first in Denmark in fiscal 2009 and then in other countries of northern Europe
Cyberdyne Inc., a robotics start-up that is affiliated with Daiwa House Industry Co and has developed the HAL wearable robotic suit, is ready to market its products overseas, first in Denmark in fiscal 2009 and then in other countries of northern Europe.
 
The HAL robotic suit fits on the body to assist and enhance a person's own limb movements. Built-in motors respond to the nerve signals sent to the muscles detected by sensors on the skin. The suit's name stands for Hybrid Assistive Limb.
 
Cyberdyne will begin in Denmark with HAL suits designed for health care purposes - for example, a simple suit that fits to the lower limbs and helps a person walk.
 
The firm will set up a subsidiary in Denmark next fiscal year and work to establish a consortium for the leasing of HAL suits. Cyberdyne expects this consortium to include local government bodies and social welfare facilities that receive public funding as well as hospitals and information technology firms. Cyberdyne will also work to win government approval for HAL suits as health care equipment.
 
In Japan, Cyberdyne expects to begin operating the world's first mass production factory for robotic suits this October and plans to make at least 500 units a year. The suits will be leased to hospitals and social welfare facilities for around 200,000 yen a month through the Daiwa House group.
 
(The Nikkei Saturday morning edition)

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