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Toyota’s New Robot Helps Paralysis Recovery

Robotic leg helps victims recover more quickly.

by on Apr.13, 2017

Toyota's Welwalk WW-1000 uses a robotic leg brace to help partial paralysis sufferers with their rehabilitation.

Toyota’s latest model introduction doesn’t shatter any speed records, offer industry leading fuel economy or come some unique color with “pearlescent” in the name — it is a wearable robotic leg brace that helps partially paralyzed people walk.

The device is named the Welwalk WW-1000. It’s composed of a motorized robotic frame that a person wears from the knee down. It’s used in concert with a specialized treadmill that can support the weight of the rehabbing patient. The system can be controlled by medical staffers using a touch screen.

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The automaker worked with Fujita Health University to develop the device, which is designed to be worn on one leg at a time. Its focus is on improving mobility for a person who suffers from paralysis on one side due to a stroke or other similar issue. (more…)

Toyota’s New Robot Signals New Growth Area for Maker

Japanese maker investing heavily in Human Service Robots

by on Dec.04, 2015

Toyota's Human Service Robot is currently being tested and used in medical settings to help tend to the needs of patients.

Automakers have been using robots to help produce cars and trucks for decades, but now Toyota appears poised to turn the tables and begin producing robots with hopes of being a dominant player in that segment too.

The Japanese maker now has developed what it calls a “partner robot” designed to help human with simple, mundane tasks that ideally allows people to be more efficient or to improve their quality of life. The company feels strongly enough about the prospects that its created a division dedicated to the development.

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“We are preparing for a future in which people may not be able to drive cars, or they may need artificial intelligence to support them to drive, and once they get off their cars they may need help from partner robots,” Akifumi Tamaoki, general manager of Toyota’s partner robot division, told the Associated Press. (more…)