Honda Walking Assist Device
“Honda Walking Assist” is a training device that efficiently supports walking which is based on the inverted pendulum model, the theory for bipedal walking. It is comprised of three main components: A hip frame which incorporates the control computer and battery, motors which are positioned on both sides and parts to transfer the force of the motors to the legs, and a thigh frame which guides the beginning and kicking movement of the lower legs.
Honda has continued research on Walking Assist since 1999 based on the walking theory accumulated during research on humanoid robots in order to provide as many people as possible with the joy of movement. People convert movement of the pelvis which is like an inverted pendulum that uses the legs as pivot points into kinetic energy and potential energy in order to achieve smooth and efficient bipedal walking.
Honda Walking Assist detects movement of the hip joint during walking with sensors built into the right and left motors, and guides the beginning and kicking movement of the lower legs by assisting bending and extension of the hip joints with the computer controlled motors. Honda Walking Assist measures and verifies the left-right symmetry, movable angle range, walking speed and other characteristics when walking, and cross-checks these characteristics against the measurement history of the user, enabling the data to be analyzed on a PC.
Lease sales of Honda Walking Assist in Japan commenced in 2015. Certification as a medical device was obtained in the EU in 2018, enabling review of business development in the EU region to begin.
Use at Domestic Facilities
Approval under ISO13482 which is the international safety standard for physical assistant robots was obtained for Honda Walking Assist was obtained in 2015, and lease sales to companies in Japan were commenced. It has been introduced at approximately 250 facilities in the country, and is being utilized for walking training, measurement of walking ability and other such activities.
Honda Robotics is the generic name for the various technologies and applied products created from humanoid robot research that is represented by ASIMO. The unicycle style UNI-CUB and Honda Walking Assist are Robotics products that provide people with the joy of movement.