London: A Japanese man paralysed from the waist down is looking forward to climbing a mountain with the help of a man in a cutting-edge robotic suit, which boosts the wearer’s strength tenfold.
Father-of-two Seiji Uchida, 49, has plans of climbing up Mont Saint Michel, a World Heritage site in Normandy, with the help of a companion clad in the suit.
Uchida lost the ability to walk 28 years ago after a car accident, and the only way he can reach the picturesque abbey at the top of the mountain on the French coast is by his helper who will carry him using the Hybrid Assisted Limb (HAL) robo-suit.
The HAL suit works by detecting faint bioelectrical signals using pads placed on specific areas of the body that move the suit accordingly.
“When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneuron, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence,” the Daily Mail quoted the Cyberdyne website as explaining.
“At this moment, very weak biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin.
“HAL catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit is controlled to wearers’ daily activities,” it added.