Japanese have earned a name for themselves in the field of emerging mechanized technologies. Earlier, a Japanese company came up with the special Robotic Suit for the paralyzed. Now, the engineers at the High-Tech Research Center of Japan's Kanagawa Institute of Technology have developed a 2nd Stand-Alone Power Assist Suit for the elderly and the paralyzed.
The Wearable Power Suit augments the individual strength to lift heavy bits and pieces. Designed especially for nursing home workers to haul up patients of weights up to 180 pounds, the Wearable Power Assist Suit is power-driven by portable batteries, micro air pumps and small body sensors.
A team member, Hiroe Tsukui said that the 66-pound Power Suit doesn't seems to be heavy when worn and the sensors notifies the might requisite to lift an object. An array of sensors determines the person's arms, legs and waist-muscle activity and then the microcomputer directs airflow into the inflatable manacles to boost up the lifting strength.
They are still working to lessen the size of the suit to make it more realistic for hospital use. While the 2nd Stand-Alone Power Assist Suit is intended for nursing home workers, it could do wonders for the paralyzed patients as they would be able to do whatever they wish to do.