Honda unveilled November 07, 2008 a new wearable assisted-walking device designed to support bodyweight, reduce stress on the knees and help people get up steps and stay in crouching positions. The assisted walker can be used by workers at auto or other factories. Honda showed a video of Honda employees wearing the device and bending to peer underneath vehicles on an assembly line. The robot walke is useful for people standing in long lines and for people who run around to make deliveries.
The system has a computer, motor, gears, battery and sensors embedded in it so it responds to a person's movements, according to Honda Motor Co. Pricing and commercial product plans are still undecided. Honda will begin testing a prototype with its assembly line workers later this month for feedback.