Testing the Robotic Legs of the HAL Exoskeleton

Technology writer Evan Ackerman becomes the first person in the United States to test out the Hybrid Assistive Limb exoskeleton

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The Japanese robotics company Cyberdyne has publicly demonstrated its Hybrid Assistive Limb exoskeleton several times, but only company employees or clinical patients were allowed to wear the suit. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, however, technology writer Evan Ackerman became the first person in the United States to take the robotic legs for a test walk.

Cyberdyne has been conducting several patient trials in Japan, where the device is rented to hospitals and clinics for about U.S. $1500 per month.

For more, read the full story: Robot Suit HAL Demo at CES 2011.