Honda to Test Mobility Robots  

in Denmark

2013.08.30

Honda has chosen the University of Southern Denmark and the University Hospital in Odense as the first places outside Japan for the testing of a new robot that can help patients regain the ability to walk

This week Honda signed the cooperation agreement with University of Southern Denmark and Odense University Hospital who will be responsible for the testing of the mobility robot.

Denmark is renowned as a great place to develop and test new health products and the region around Odense has a particularly strong welfare technology cluster. Invest in Denmark introduced Honda to the cluster and the Danish cooperation partners.

Honda has been working on the robot, called Walking Assist Device, for 10 years, and now wants to have it tested among different groups, before putting it on the market.

The robot is a so-called mobility robot which is tightened around the hip of the walking-impaired person. It starts by analyzing the user’s walking pattern and then adapts to this pattern by either pushing or pulling the legs when the user moves. The ambition is to improve the recovery of patients after e.g. a hip surgery or a fractured leg, where the patient still lacks muscle strength to be able to walk independently. The University Hospital is to test how effective the mobility robot is and whether it can be used for rehabilitation.

The news feature below from Danish television is from the signing ceremony at the University of Southern Denmark and features comments from both General Manager at Honda, Haruyasu Nishida, Head of Institute for Muscle Physiology and Biomechanics at University of Southern Denmark, Jørgen Poulsen and Regional Project manager Anne Mette Bang from Invest in Denmark.

 

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