Real Life Gundam: Japanese Robot Suit (HAL)

Posted on February 2, 2009

Japan has led the way in the field of robotics and in keeping with this tradition has become the first country to begin mass-producing a robot that will help human beings become more mobile. Meet Robot Suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) and shake his hand; that is, if he will let you.

Robot Suit HAL is worn over the arms and legs. Through the use of eight electric motors attached to shoulders, elbows, knees and the waist, this device greatly assists body movement.

Produced by Cyberdyne Inc, the company expects to make the robot suit available for rental through specific sales outlets in the very near future.

Almost like those fairy tale boots and magic carpets that transport the wearer into mystical realms of flying and super powers, this incredible device supports the limb movements of the wearer, and through the help of sensors quickly responds to wherever more mobility is needed.

Robot Suit HAL’s secret powers are derived from a unique method that senses bioelectric signals sent from the brain, rather by than detecting muscle movements.

Commercialization of Robot Suit HAL is still in its infancy and there are some technical problems. Robot Suit HAL remains creepy and weird however, because its essence translates into a person controlling the robot by his or her own will even if the user is unable to move!

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M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.
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36 thoughts on “Real Life Gundam: Japanese Robot Suit (HAL)

  1. Gee-man

    Awesome, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying the Japanese are the first with this idea. The American military has been experimenting with exoskeleton support suits for years now, so that concept isn’t really that stunning. Heh, if I’m not mistaken, there was even a Popular Science issue with an article along the lines of, “The real Iron Man” a while ago on the subject.

    What really caught my attention however was the concept of using bioelectric signals to control it rather than muscle movement as is the mainstay for most existing robot suit designs. That could mean theoretically, any person, regardless of physical shape or condition, could control one provided they were quick thinkers and had good control of their nervous impulses.

    1. kokonot

      the difference is…usa used it for their own benefit and for military uses…while people at japan uses it to benefit people who really need it, when usa has already so much military power that they are bullying other countries.

  2. Matty

    “Its essence translates into a person controlling the robot by his or her own will even if the user is unable to move!”

    Now this might mean something to those who suffer paralysis.


    Halo, here we come.

  3. Zack

    I had a surgery in the year 2000 called hemipelvectomy due to cancer in the pelvis area, now I am walking with short crutches, my left leg I cannot walk on, but my right leg is fine can you guys help me to be a candidate for your experiments to help you find a solustion to my peoblem. 443-928-3363

  4. Orc

    wow i want one for myself, the usa has some kind of battle armor project as well apparently.. ive read online somewhere but forgot the link

  5. Dman

    not bad inly 20,000 for it pretty much the cost of a new lower grade car, now just make it 13 meter's tall with some armor and a cockoit and ther you got you self a gundam ha ha ha ha

  6. TrollHunter

    this design is totally amazing, think how cool it would be to use these things.
    Also, anyone with severe movement problems (Para/ quadrapalegics) could be able to move (possibly again)!


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