Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Come with me if you want to live

Here's a feel-good story of sorts. This coming August, Seiji Uchida, a quadriplegic man, and Kyoga Ide, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, will get the chance to do something they never dreamed possible in their current physical states: reach the summit of a mountain. Two experienced climbers will don HAL (hybrid assistive limb) suits and carry Uchida and Ide up nearly 1000 ft to the top of a mountain in Switzerland. HAL functions as a mechanized exoskeleton. It enhances the wearer's movements and gives him increased strength and stamina. This is a concept similar to the UC Berkeley designed robotic legs mentioned here in December. The suits will give the mountaineers the strength they'll need to carry the extra weight of another person.

"“I am trying [to] create new possibilities for the disabled as well as realise a dream,"” Uchida said in a statement. "My hope is that through this I can give courage and hope to all disabled people in difficult circumstances."
We wish all four climbers good luck in their upcoming adventure.

Wheelchair-bound man looks to robot suit - IOL [Via Engadget]

7 comments:

Jay Pea Are said...

Because baseball is not testing for HAL's I think Barry Bonds is considering donning one of these under his uniform.

Alex said...

I'm sure he'll claim that he was not aware it enhanced his performance. His nutritionist gave it to him.

Frank said...

so..... when the two disabled guys get to the summit do you think either of them will say, "Thank you very much Mr. Roboto" ??

Alex said...

Domo (doot doot doot doot dooo)Domo

Frank said...

if i knew the song better i would count those doots

Alex said...

I actually thought that as I typing it in.

Jay Pea Are said...

Alex I'm surprised that you haven't learned your lesson about typing out the harmony to a song.