Introducing HAL, the world’s first robotic medical device that has been shown to improve a patient’s ability to walk. Brooks Rehabilitation and CYBERDYNE, Inc., a company in Japan addressing societal issues such as an ever-aging work force, through innovative medical and technological solutions, have partnered to bring the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) to the United States.
The Brooks Cybernic Treatment Center is the only US-based facility offering HAL technology to those with a spinal cord injury. Cybernics is a new academic field that is centered on cybernetics, mechatronics and informatics fused with various other fields including brain/neuroscience, robotics, biology, behavioral science, psychology, law, ethics and business administration. In short, Cybernics is the integration of human, robotics and information systems.
Check out this video of Chris Howell, who was able to progress with different assistive devices after an initial 40 minutes with HAL!