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Fujita Health University professor Eiichi Saito, whose right leg was paralyzed by polio, demonstrates Toyota’s Independent Walk Assist robot. The robot, which is powered by a set of batteries that Saito is carrying in the backpack, bends his knee and ankle to enable a naturalistic gait. Toyota says that the machine, which was one of several showcased at a 1 November health-care robots event, will be commercially available by 2013.
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