You could be looking at the next Iron Man suit, but instead of helping out Hollywood heros its designed to assist people accomplish everyday tasks. From Cyberdyne and powered by Intel Atom chips, part of the system was on display for the first time at Ceatec in Japan.
Masahiro Shingu - Researcher, Cyberdyne: "This system uses a signal from the human when I move the limb the brain sends a signal through the nerve and appears around the muscle so we use this signal and the outside actuator assists the motion."
Users had electrodes strapped to their bicepts and then had their arms secured to the machine. The platform of water jugs weighs about 10kg (or about 22lbs) and was difficult from some users to lift with one arm. But once the assistance was turned on most people were able to lift the weight with one or two fingers.
Shingu said the assistance varies and for safety purposes on the show floor it wasn’t turned to its maximum.
He said that about 200 people in Japan have been outfitted with a model that straps to users legs and helps them stand and walk.
The Cyberdyne system is still in the prototype phase and is aimed at helping the weak, disabled and elderly. It’s not the only company working on the technology though. Raytheon has something similar, but it’s designed for use on the battlefield.