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.
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…)