Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: Robotics
Robot Suit HAL
The suit, called HAL or Hybrid Assistive Limb is the work of Cyberdyne Corporation in Japan, and has been created to upgrade the existing physical capabilities of the human body
It operates by sensing weak bioelectrical signals via electrodes on the operator's skin and sending them to the onboard computer which in turn analyzes them and activates corresponding motors (servos) of the suit, mimicking the wearer's motions.
Technology can have a variety of applications, including in physical training and rehabilitation, adding extra muscle to heavy labour jobs, and even in rescue and recovery operations apart from helping physically disable persons.
Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India