Robotic exoskeleton receives safety certificate

The Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), a battery-powered exoskeleton developed by the Japanese robotics company Cyberdyne, received its global safety certificate in Japan, according to a report issued by Discovery News.

HAL, which is intended for use in physical rehabilitation and training, utilizes a hybrid control operational system. The voluntary control system interprets the wearer’s intended movements from muscle impulses, which is then translated to the robotic autonomous control system to create movement, according to Cyberdyne’s website.

The global safety certificate was issued based on a draft version of an international safety standard for personal robots that is expected to be approved later this year and will allow for globalized distribution of the device.

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