Cyberdyne unveil HAL
Japanese venture firm Cyberdyne, after working in coordination with Prof. Sankai’s lab at the University of Tsukuba, have unveiled HAL. When I first read this article I had to look around online to verify that this was genuine given the two science fiction film references in the title; it certainly is, however. HAL, or Hybrid Assistive Limb, has taken the already impressive fledgling exoskeleton technologies we have seen over the last few years and brought them forward significantly. The device uses a network of sensors to detect nerve innovation meaning that the limbs move in unison with the wearer. The suit therefore feels weightless and allows far superior physical strength, all while monitoring the user’s vital signs.