Japanese robotics company, Cyberdene is working to get an FDA approval for the release of its HAL exoskeleton in the US. HAL, which stands for Hybrid Assisted Limb, is the first wearable robot to satisfy international safety standards for personal care robots. The device, which is worn around the lower back and hips and is then strapped to the thighs, offers lumbar support for the wearer, allowing them to easily lift heavy objects. In Japan, the device is currently being used in industries that require heavy labor, as well as for caretakers; the exoskeleton makes lifting and moving patients from wheelchairs to beds more simple and less strenuous. If the HAL receives FDA approval, it could be available in the United States in late 2015, and will be marketed primarily to caretakers and hospitals.
To learn more about the Cyberdene HAL, and to watch wearers easily lift two 20 kilogram plates, watch the video above.